Tennis news 2022: Desperate message from Andrey Rublev to Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has issued a desperate plea for peace after picking up an eighth straight win in Dubai.

Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has appealed for peace after picking up an eighth consecutive victory with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) win over Hubert Hurkacz in Dubai.

The No. 2 seed signed the on-court camera lens with the message ‘No war please’, making clear his feelings about his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Russia sent troops to Ukraine on Thursday after long preparation. The invasion killed countless Ukrainians and triggered a humanitarian crisis. Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, have been condemned around the world for the unprovoked aggression.

The 24-year-old told reporters in Dubai on Thursday that he believes in peace and unity and reiterated that sentiment after his win over Hurkacz.

“Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, hasn’t been easy,” Medvedev said. “Being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries. It’s not easy to hear all this news. I am for peace.

Rublev won the title in Marseille last Sunday and has been through tough times this week at the Emirates, recovering after a set in each of his last three matches.

He admits he exceeded his expectations this week and has little left in the tank for his final showdown with Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Jiri Vesely on Saturday.

The world No.7 was 0-2 against Hurkacz heading into the contest and was admittedly exhausted after reaching the semi-finals in Rotterdam, winning Marseille and reaching the semi-finals in Dubai in three consecutive weeks.

“I feel completely tired, to be honest,” Rublev said.

“Before the tournament I said to my team, before we flew here, I was already quite tired after Marseille, I said: ‘I don’t know how (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, he wins two years in a row Marseille and two years in a row in the final line here.’I don’t know how he did it.

“It must be something amazing what he did. I couldn’t even imagine before it was something so difficult. This week I did the same thing and I still don’t know how , to be honest.

Now until the championship game, Rublev will be seeking a 10th career title and a fifth at the ATP 500 level on Saturday.

On Friday, the Russian survived 27 aces coming out of Hurkacz’s racket en route to victory in two hours and 13 minutes. Rublev will then face Vesely for the first time in the final.

Vesely, who is only the second qualifier to reach the men’s final in the Dubai tournament’s 30-year history, followed up his big shock against world No. 1 Djokovic with a fight win over the No. 1 seed. 6 Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) which lasted three hours and 12 minutes.

The world No. 123 is the lowest-ranked men’s semi-finalist in tournament history and advances to the biggest final of his career.

– with AFP and the New York Post


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