Andrey Rublev recorded a statement win against Daniil Medvedev in his opening match at the ATP Finals on Monday, missing out on seven set points in the first set but battling back and closing out his good friend, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7), on his fifth match point.

And afterwards, Rublev made another major statement—he signed the camera lens, “Peace, Peace, Peace, All We Need,” of course referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.


Rublev has made his stance on the invasion known since the start, making international headlines shortly after it began by signing “No War Please” on a camera lens after his semifinal win in Dubai.

After his victory over Medvedev in Turin today, which was his 50th win of the year, Rublev was asked about his latest plea.

“Not much to say. I think I did already many statement this year,” he said. “I don’t know, I had opportunity. I did what I feel. I didn’t even had idea or something in my head before, just came natural, that’s it.

“I think it’s important, especially in our time, like I was saying many times, to have peace. We have internet. We have easy life. We can fly, travel, do sports, take care of the family. No one wants to suffer or struggle. I think it was already many, many years ago. I don’t think that we need to. Many countries are suffering, and that’s it. That’s why I think it’s important to be together and have peace.”

The 25-year-old Muscovite was then asked if he ever worries about making these kinds of statements, as a Russian.

“I don’t know. I mean, like I said, I did what I feel. During the year I think I did many statements already. There is not much I can say something new. I think I did already many statements, very clear.

“Today I did what I feel. I don’t know. It comes natural. Both of us from the same country. I don’t know, just feel this way, and that’s it.”