Gstaad - Juan Monaco has held his nerve in a tight final set to upset third seed
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on Wednesday for a second
consecutive place in a quarter-final at the Swiss Open.
Argentine, whose ranking has dropped to 105, won his sixth of eight
meetings with Garcia-Lopez, whom he also beat in the second round in
Gstaad a year ago.
The unseeded South American missed his first
chance to serve out victory in the concluding set but came through into
the last eight on his second opportunity two games later, going through
on his second match point.
A year ago, Monaco held a match point
in his quarter-final against eventual Gstaad champion and current top
seeded Mikhail Youzhny.
"I like Gstaad, last year I played a great
match against the champion. We both deserved to win it. I was happy
with conditions (at 1 010m altitude) and I'm back again.
year, I'm feeling great. I was a little nervous when I was serving for
the match at 5-2. I missed that opportunity. But I just tried to get
focused on the changeover, thinking of where I'm going to serve.
had to play relaxed, it's the only way to play a good game. The last
game was difficult but I'm m happy with how I played today.
"Every match for me is very important at this moment," said the player who has reached his third quarter-final of the season.
stood 23rd on the ATP in early 2011 and won four titles - three on clay
- in 2012. His last trophy came the week before the 2013 French Open in
He stands outside the top 100 for the first time in more than eight years.
fifth seed Federico Delbonis was also sent packing by Brazil's Thomaz
Bellucci as the two-time former champion advanced 6-4, 6-4.
seed Marcel Granollers fared far better though with a comprehensive
6-1, 6-4 defeat of Swiss wild card Yann Marti while Spain's Pablo
Andujar beat Slovenian Blaz Rola 6-3, 6-3.
In a first-round match
interrupted by darkness on Tuesday, Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen
defeated Gianni Mina of France 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3).
Results from the third day of the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):
Juan Monaco (ARG) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP x3) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) bt Federico Delbonis (ARG x5) 6-4, 6-4
Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt Blaz Rola (SLO) 6-3, 6-3
Marcel Granollers (ESP x2) bt Yann Marti (SUI) 6-1, 6-4
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) bt Gianni Mina (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3)