ATP World Tour Finals: Russia’s Andrey Rublev once again used the Tennis stage to spread message for peace after he beat countryman Daniil Medvedev.
Andrey Rublev plays a shot. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: 25-year-old Russian Tennis star Andrey Rublev recieved a standing ovation at Pala Alpitour in Italy after he called for peace after his three-set thriller against countryman Daniil Medvedev.
Playing his first match in the ATP Tour Finals, Rublev bested the former world number 1, 6-7,6-3,7-6 to clinch a thriller. Right after his victory, Rublev walked up to the camera and wrote, “Peace, Pace, Pace, All We Need” in bold letters.
This is not the first time that the player has used the tennis stage to spread the message amid a full blown war between Russia and Ukraine. Earlier, the player had said that peace was most important in all parts of the world and the it was horrible to hear what had been happening between the two European countries.
“We wanted to use the platform of a championship to show that we don’t fight here, that there’s no war in tennis. It’s most important now. As a tennis player, I could deliver the right message from the court,” Rublev had earlier told Russian blogger Vitya Kravchenko in a YouTube video.
The match between Rublev and Medvedev on the day was categorised by long patient rallies where the 25-year-old show immense character to clinch his chances at the right moment. Many over social media believed that this was Rublev’s best performance in his career as he downed one of the best players in the world.