Tennis - Medvedev
The new, mustachioed look may be suiting on Daniil Medvedev, but he is not sure about keeping it beyond Miami Open. Image Credit: Reuters

Miami: The new world number two in men’s tennis has a new look to go with his ranking, but Russian Daniil Medvedev is unsure of how long he will keep the moustache he’s sporting at the Miami Open.

Medvedev replaced Rafa Nadal as No. 2 last week, becoming the first player outside the Spaniard, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.

He arrived in Florida with his new moustache for the ATP Masters 1000 event, having been made top seed after No.1 Djokovic pulled out to spend more time with his family.

“Last year in the beginning of the year, I was doing a photo shoot and they were shaving me for the photo shoot, and they just left the moustache for a few minutes,” Medvedev told reporters after Friday’s win over Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu.


“I was, like, ‘it’s not too bad’. It was a little bit different because they had special shavers and stuff. So I think it was looking better. Since that time I always thought, ‘okay, one day I’m just going to do it for fun for one tournament or something like this’.

“So probably after Miami I’m going to shave them off, but for this tournament it’s going to be like this and let’s see what people say.” Last month Medvedev reached his second major final at the Australian Open on the back of a 20-match winning run that saw him pick up trophies at the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and team-based ATP Cup.

After going down in straight sets to Djokovic in Melbourne, Medvedev suffered a shock loss at Rotterdam before winning his 10th Tour title in Marseille. Medvedev is 15-2 for the season and only fellow Russian Andrey Rublev, who is also at a career-best ranking of eighth, has more wins in 2021.

“I think it’s great for both of us that we are doing so good. Russian tennis is definitely on the rise right now, and I like it,” Medvedev said.

“We want people to talk more about tennis in Russia. That’s what’s happening right now. We want TV to show more tennis in Russia. That’s one of the goals.”

Selected results

Men (Second round)

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x1) bt Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-2, 6-2

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) bt Reilly Opelka (USA x30) 6-4, 6-2

Roberto Bautista (ESP x7) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) retired

Jannik Sinner (ITA x21) bt Hugo Gaston (FRA) 6-2, 6-2

Karen Khachanov (RUS x14) bt Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-3, 6-2

Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x9) 7-5, 7-5

James Duckworth (AUS) bt David Goffin (BEL x8) 6-3, 6-1

Women (Second round)

Bianca Andreescu (CAN x8) bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x12) bt Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-4, 6-1

Sara Sorribes (ESP) bt Jennifer Brady (USA x13) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x21) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-4, 6-0

Ons Jabeur (TUN x27) bt Paula Badosa (ESP) 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 7-5

Sofia Kenin (USA x4) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-3

Karolia Pliskova (CZE x6) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-2, 6-1

Jessica Pegula (USA x29) bt Storm Sanders (AUS) 6-3, 6-4

Elise Mertens (BEL x16) bt Katie Boulter (GBR) 6-4, 6-1

Anett Kontaveit (EST x22) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) bt Yulia Putintseva (KAZ x26) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Naomi Osaka (JPN x2) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4