Djokovic beat Tsitsipas. Rublev wins the Russian fight and makes people sit up and take notice with a peace challenge.

Andrei Rublev had a close fight with his friend Daniil Medvedev

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Daniil Medvedev begins the ATP Finals in Turin with a defeat. The Russian has to admit defeat in the duel with compatriot Andrey Rublev. Rublev called attention to himself after the match with an appeal for peace. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.

“Peace, peace, peace, that’s all we need,” Rublev wrote in English to the TV camera after his victory.

It is not the first time that the 25-year-old Russian drew attention to himself with a message of peace. In February, on his way to his title in Dubai, Rublev wrote the message “no war please” on camera and spoke out against war.

It was only the second success for the world number seven in his sixth duel with the 2020 Masters winner. After just over two and a half hours, Rublev used his fifth match point for a hard-fought opening win. A straight sets win against Medvedev, who has topped the world rankings for the first time this year and 16 weeks, would have been possible had Rublev converted one of his seven set points in the first round.

In the second match of the red group, five-time Masters winner Novak Djokovic (last in 2015) beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets 6-4, 7-6.

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