Top seed Medvedev tumbles to Pospisil defeat in Rotterdam

Daniil Medvedev I played well enough

Daniil Medvedev I played well enough

British number one Dan Evans is through to the quarterfinals at the Rotterdam Open after a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Russia's Karen Khachanov on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Monfils, who is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Rotterdam titles since Sweden's Robin Soderling in 2011, next faces compatriot Gilles Simon, who beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3.

Khachanov furiously hit spare balls on the inner ceiling after losing his service and Evans sealed the victory in his service in the tenth game.

Pablo Carreno Busta is the only other player to have booked a quarter-final place so far.

Gael Monfils began the defence of his title with a convincing straight-sets victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

In an all-Spanish showdown, Pablo Carreno Busta beat sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4) to qualify for the quarter-finals after a almost two-and-a-half-hour battle.

World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev felt disappointed after losing early in Rotterdam as he loves the city and enjoys playing at the Dutch ATP 500 event.

"It is never easy to come back after a win but I have great memories from a year ago", Monfils told the official ATP Tour website.

"Moving well was the key for me and I am very happy to get through to the next round". Russian tennis player lost in straight sets to canadian Waseca Pospisil with the score 4:6, 3:6. The Canadian impressed on serve, winning 81 per cent of first-serve points, and spent just 67 minutes on court.

"I entered with a fairly precise game plan. I was also the big loser, so I was a bit relaxed and confident, which is a good combo to have when they go to a match ".

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