Daniil Medvedev calls for peace and unity amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

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Daniil Medvedev calls for peace and unity amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has called for peace and unity as he says reading all the news regarding the Russia and Ukraine tensions has been difficult for him. In the early hours of Thursday, Russia officially started their invasion of Ukraine.

The same day, Medvedev achieved a milestone as he is guaranteed to become the No. 1 on Monday. Medvedev was happy about achieving one of his goals but sad about the news that are coming out of his home country and Ukraine.

"By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries; I've been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It's just not easy to hear all this news. ...

I'm all for peace," Medvedev said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca.

Medvedev set to replace Novak Djokovic

Medvedev entered the week knowing that he could reach the No. 1 spot with an Acapulco victory. On Thursday, Djokovic suffered a shock Jiri Vesely defeat in the Dubai quarterfinal.

Medvedev doesn't have to win Acapulco anymore in order to reach the top spot. Djokovic and many other players reached out to Medvedev to congratulate the Russian on becoming the new No. 1. "Yeah I got a lot of messages from other tennis players, think you know...

in general, talk about top 300 players, everybody knows each other from challengers, then on the ATP tour," Medvedev said. "A lot of players support each other, even I try to congratulate people. It's like, everybody congratulates you if you come into the locker room after winning a title."

"It's the same way with this one... Tennis is a very friendly sport outside the court, because on-court is different. Yeah, we're all at peace and that's how I felt today after reaching the No. 1."