Daniil Medvedev continued to build momentum after recent setbacks when he advanced to the quarterfinals of the Halle Open on Wednesday, beating Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the grass-court tournament.
Medvedev could have closed out the second round match in straight sets when he took a 4-1 lead in the second set tiebreaker, but lost the next four points as Djere took control.
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Medvedev is coming off first-round losses at the French Open and last week at the Libema Open, his first grass-court event of the season.
The third-ranked Russian is set to return to Wimbledon next month for the first time since 2021 after the grass-court Grand Slam banned players from Russia and Belarus last year over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Medvedev now faces Roberto Bautista Agut in Halle after the eighth-seeded Spaniard defeated American Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 7-6(2) in their second-round match.
Chilean player Nicolás Jarry defeated second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7), 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal match against local favorite Alexander Zverev. The ninth seeded German defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4.
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Also, Stuttgart finalist Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 6-1, 7-6(4) in their first round match.