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From Sudipto Ganguly
(Reuters) – The world’s new number two in men’s tennis has a new look, but Russian Daniil Medvedev isn’t sure how long he’ll keep the mustache he wears at the Miami Open.
Medvedev replaced Rafa Nadal as number 2 last week, becoming the first player outside the Spaniard Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who joined the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.
He came to Florida with his new mustache for the ATP Masters 1000 event after Djokovic No. 1 moved out to spend more time with his family.
“I did a photoshoot at the beginning of the year last year and they shaved me for the photoshoot and they only left my mustache for a few minutes,” Medvedev told reporters after beating Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu on Friday.
“I thought it wasn’t bad. It was a little different because they had special razors and stuff. I think it looked better. Ever since then I’ve always thought, okay, one day it will be me.” I just do it for fun for a tournament or something.
“So I’ll probably shave her to Miami, but for this tournament it will be and we’ll see what people say.”
Last month, Medvedev reached his second grand final at the Australian Open after a 20-game run in which he won trophies at the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the team-based ATP Cup.
After losing in straight sets to Djokovic in Melbourne, Medvedev suffered a shock loss in Rotterdam before winning his 10th Tour title in Marseille.
Medvedev is 15-2 for the season and only the Russian compatriot Andrey Rublev, who is also in eighth place in his career, has more wins in 2021.
“I think it’s great for both of us that we’re doing so well. Russian tennis is definitely on the rise right now and I like it,” said Medvedev.
“We want people to talk more about tennis in Russia. That’s what is happening right now. We want TV to show more tennis in Russia. That’s one of the goals.”
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