Medvedev joins Kyrgios in Halle last-eight

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Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev has defeated Ilya Ivashka for the second time in a week, beating the Belarusian 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at the Halle Open.

Medvedev, who also eliminated Ivashka in 's-Hertogenbosch last week before returning to the world No.1 ranking on Monday, saved three set points when trailing 5-4 in the first set.

Medvedev acknowledged that his return to the top of the rankings may have added to his opponents' motivation in Halle.

"Some are going to be a little bit intimidated that they are playing the World No.1 and they have a tough draw," said the Russian.

"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."

Medvedev next faces seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat qualifier Tallon Griekspoor 6-7 (8-6) 6-4 6-2.

No. 8-seeded Karen Khachanov and Oscar Otte of Germany also advanced.

Khachanov beat Laslo Djere 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 while Otte rallied for a 4-6 6-0 7-6 (7-3) victory against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Nick Kyrgios will continue his bid to win the title from the other side of the draw in Friday's quarter-finals, when he tackles Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, the sixth seed.

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