Medvedev Battles Into Marseille QFs
The 21-year-old Russian also battled through his first-round match against eighth seed Benoit Paire in a third-set tie-break and now has an 8-4 mark on the season. He edged Struff in one hour and 43 minutes, saving a break point in the ninth game of the deciding set before going on to claim the tie-break.
"It was a very tough match," said Medvedev. "My opponent played really good tennis and served amazing. I'm proud that I took the only break chance that I had to win the set and that I could get through a few tough moments on my serve. In the tie-break, I was just more consistent than him. It was another tough win for me and I'm really happy to be in the quarter-finals."
Medvedev has made a strong start in his bid to qualify for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals. After reaching his first ATP World Tour final at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Bautista Agut), as well as a last eight showing at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (l. to Tsonga), he is currently second in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, with Alexander Zverev at No. 1.
For a place in the semi-finals, Medvedev will face fourth seed Lucas Pouille, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today.
Qualifier Norbert Gombos set a quarter-final clash with defending champion Nick Kyrgios after edging Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 36 minutes. The Slovakian, ranked No. 128 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. He squandered a match point when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but regrouped to capitalise on his third match point chance in the tie-break.