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Andrey Rublev receives ‘bad comments on the Internet’ after Russia invades Ukraine

Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has spoken about the importance of peace and unity after his quarter-final win in Dubai as he hopes tensions between Russia and Ukraine will quickly ease. On Thursday Russia invaded Ukraine and many believe Russia has declared war with their decision.

On the same day, Rublec recovered from a set down to beat Mackenzie McDonald 2-6 6-3 6-1 in the quarterfinals in Dubai. “In those moments you realize my game is not important. What is happening is much more terrible,” Rublev said after his victory, according to Reem Abulleil.

You realize how important it is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what, to be united. We need to take care of our land and each other.”

Rublev received insults

After beating McDonald’s, Rublev revealed that he received negative comments and insults on social media.

“Of course, I get bad comments on the internet because I’m Russian. I can’t react to it. If I want to have peace, I have to be like that doesn’t matter. Even if they throw me stones, I have to show that I’m for peace, I’m not here to be aggressive or anything,” Rublev revealed.

Meanwhile, Rublev made it to a back-to-back semi-final in Dubai. Last year, Rublev made the semi-final before losing to Aslan Karatsev. Rublev started his quarter-final in Dubai slowly against McDonald’s as the American beat the Russian three times in the opening set to comfortably win the opener.

Rublev responded well to the first set loss by breaking McDonald’s twice in the second set to force a decider. After winning the second set, Rublev started the third set with straight breaks and a 5-0 lead. McDonald served in game six to cut the deficit to 5-1, but Rublev served steadily for the game the next game. Rublev next plays Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals.