World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev continued his good showing in the grass-court season as he booked his place in the quarter-final of the German Open in Halle with a straight-sets win over Belarusian Ilya Ivashka on Thursday, June 16.
The Russian needed one hour 38 minutes to win 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 and book a place in his maiden quarter-final at the Halle Open.
The top seed will play either Tallon Griekspoor or Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the last four.
Notably, Medvedev will not be able to play the Wimbledon as the grass-court Grand Slam organizers banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the prestigious tournament. However, Medvedev will retain World No. 1 ranking as there are no ranking points up for grabs at Wimbledon following ATP’s decision to penalise the organisers.
Shedding light on playing with the World No. 1 tag, Medvedev said the top billing works in different ways against different players.
“I think it will depend on the player and the match, and on my level also. 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,” Medvedev said, as quoted by the ATP.
“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.”
BERRETTINI IN FINE FORM
Meanwhile, in London, defending champion Matteo Berrettini reached the quarter-finals of the Queen’s Club tournament Thursday.
The second seed came from a set down to beat American Denis Kudla 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
The Italian will play American Tommy Paul for a place in the last four.
Berrettini has been building up to Wimbledon well as he won the Stuttgart Open last week, beating Andy Murray in the final. The World No. 10 has timed his return from the injury setback well as he missed the entire clay-court swing after undergoing hand surgery.