I mistakenly asked for an escrow refund, because I mixed up 2 contracts. Now I would like to cancel the escrow refund request. (I would like to avoid ending the contract and then paying through a bonus, because we are not so close to the freelancer and I don't want him to agree to the cancelation and then only hopew for a payment).
Thanks in advance.
Unfortunately you won't be able to cancel the request. The freelancer can either approve the refund or decline it. If the freelancer doesn't approve the request a dispute will be opened.
As you`ve mentioned, you can pay your freelancer as a bonus and have them approve the request. Once the contract is closed both you and your freelancer will still be able to provide truthful feedback for each other. Thank you.