The Muscovite World number one Daniil Medvedev defeated the Minsk resident Ilya Ivashka for the second time in six days to progress into the last eight of the Halle Open grass court event triumphing 7-6(4) 6-3 over his 42nd-ranked opponent after saving three set points in the tenth game of the first set before going on to clinch it in a tie-break.
So he knows how to play tennis, he knows how to play well on grass, so I’m really happy that two times in a row I managed to pass a tough test Daniil Medvedev
The second set was far more straightforward with the 26-year-old wrapping up victory in one hour and 36-minutes.
Medvedev, who was pleased with his performance, next faces seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the semi-finals, the Spaniard having fought his way past Holland’s Tallon Griekspoor 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter finals.
“He is a great player,” said Medvedev following his third win in four meeting against Ivashka and securing his 30th win on the grass in 45 matches.
“He had a lot of bad luck with injuries at the beginning of the season. At the end of last season, he was playing really great tennis.
“I’ve known him since I was very young, we actually played [each other] in Futures, Challengers, and on the ATP Tour. He beat me once in Davis Cup, which is a really important tournament.
“So he knows how to play tennis, he knows how to play well on grass, so I’m really happy that two times in a row I managed to pass a tough test.”
Now that he has made World No.1 he was asked if that would intimidate his opponents.
“I think it will depend on the player and the match, and on my level also,” he replied. “Some are going to be a little bit intimidated that they are playing the World No. 1 and they have a tough draw. If they lose, maybe it is nothing special.
“And some on the contrary. Maybe they don’t have the best confidence at the moment, and if they beat the World No. 1, that is where it starts.
“My goal is every time I go on the court just to be the best player possible, and if my opponent wins, congrats, and let’s go for the next one.”
In other action local boy Oscar Otte kept the home crowds spirits up with his 4-6 6-0 7-6(3) victory over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili while Karen Khachanov took out Serbia’s Laslo Djere 7-6(3) 6-4 to complete the quarter final line-up.