PALMA, Spain (AP) — Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Championship on Wednesday, with Nick Kyrgios withdrawing to avoid aggravating his injury ahead of Wimbledon.
The host Medvedev overcame a slow start by defeating Aslan Karatsev 4:6, 6:3, 6:2, while Tsitsipas defeated Ilya Ivashka 6:4, 6:4.
Medvedev, the defending champion, has improved to 8-2 on grass this season, although he has lost two straight finals on the surface.
“Last year was amazing. I played great tennis,” Medvedev said. “I like it here in Mallorca.” In the next match, he will face Roberto Bautista Agut, who took the lead after Kyrgios withdrew before the match due to a stomach injury. “I’ve had a lot of great matches lately and unfortunately I woke up with a stomach ache. I immediately went to the tournament doctor and he advised me not to play tonight,” Kyrgios said. I really appreciate the Mallorcan championship, but I will take his advice because I don’t want to risk Wimbledon next week.”
It took Kyrgios more than two hours to defeat Laszlo Jere 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1) in the previous round of the Wimbledon grassroots tournament.
Medvedev will not play at Wimbledon this year because the All England Club has kept players from Russia and its ally Belarus out of the war in Ukraine.
Tsitsipas got no break points in a comfortable win over 40th-placed Ivashka.
“I felt like after my first serve, I was really able to get behind the ball and pick the right spots,” said Tsitsipas. “I think it was very difficult for the opponent to adapt to this. I did it very well. I was very dedicated to it. It was really good for me from start to finish.”
Next, Tsitsipas, who took sixth place, will meet with the American Marcos Giron, who defeated compatriot Mackenzie McDonald with a score of 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.