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New tennis No. 1 Daniil Medvedev

Even though Daniil Medvedev cared about taking control of the No. 1 ranking in men’s tennis, he knew there were bigger issues involving his home country of Russia. A loss to Novak Djokovic at the Dubai Championships meant the Serbian player would move up to No. 2 and Medvedev was guaranteed to become the 27th man to hold the ATP No. 1 spot before Medvedev even reached the semi-finals by winning. his match at the Mexican Open.

It all happened on the same day that Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that began with airstrikes and missiles on military installations before troops and tanks crossed borders, except l ‘Where is.

“Watching the news from back home, waking up here in Mexico, hasn’t been easy,” Medvedev said after beating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-3.

“I want to promote peace around the world. We play in so many different countries, I’ve been to so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all these news…I totally agree with peace,” he said.

Medvedev noted that the pair that won the doubles title at the Marseille Open last week included a Russian (Andrey Rublev) and a Ukrainian (Denys Molchanov), saying: “It was amazing because people have to stay together.”

Reflecting on the day, Medvedev added: “In those moments you understand that sometimes tennis is not so important… It was not easy to play and I’m happy that I managed to win the match, but it was a bit of a roller-coaster day for me.”

Medvedev, 26, who won the US Open last year for his maiden Grand Slam title, said he received congratulations from other players on his new ranking, which will become official on Monday.

“Of course I’m happy to reach number 1,” Medvedev said. “That was my goal since I was young.”

He will face Rafael Nadal or Tommy Paul in the semi-finals of the hard court tournament. Medvedev lost to Nadal in the Australian Open final in January after losing a two-set lead, a year after losing the final there to Djokovic.

“Always playing against the Big Three or Big Four is an honor and a big challenge. In Australia (against Nadal), I could have won, but the result, in the end, is that I lost,” said said Medvedev. a tough loss, but that’s how the sport is.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas also reached the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Marcos Giron. Third-seeded Tsitsipas will next face either Peter Gojowczyk or Cameron Norrie.

Defending champion Alexander Zverev was expelled from the tournament after violently hitting the chair umpire’s stand with his racquet following a doubles loss. Zverev was fined $40,000 and will lose over $30,000 in prize money and all Mexican Open ranking points. In addition to these penalties, the ATP announced on Thursday that it would undertake a further review of the incident.


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