Australian showman Nick Kyrgios has breezed past Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic to set up a quarter-final showdown with Dutch giant killer Robin Haase at the Estoril Open.
It took Kyrgios just an hour and ten minutes to dispatch with his world No.104-ranked opponent, and leaves the seventh seed as the highest-seeded player in his half of the draw, following Haase’s stunning superb comeback against world No.12 Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday.
Haase knocked out the top seed 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.
Lopez was motoring to what was looking like a routine straight-sets winning start when the wheels came off his game.
He was broken twice while serving for victory in the second set, with the 101st-ranked Haase taking the set into a tiebreaker and levelling at a set each on the first of four set points.
Lopez previous superiority disappeared, and he was unable to regain the initiative and has now lost to the Dutchman in all three of their ATP meetings on clay.
Lopez was broken in the first game of the third set and was never able to close the gap on his inspired opponent, who moved into his first quarter-final since last July in Gstaad.
Haase needed just over two hours to ensure victory, with Lopez saving six of ten break points he faced.
“Tennis can be very sad sometimes,” said Lopez.
“There will be days when do all the right things and you lose anyway.
“I was very unlucky today. But I have to forget about this match and look ahead to the next week.”
Spain’s Nicolas Almagro also caused an upset as he beat Argentine fourth seed Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, serving seven aces and breaking three times in the 89-minute win.
Another Spanish seed joined Lopez on the sidelines, with No.3 Tommy Robredo withdrawing on the eve of his match on Thursday due to a left foot injury.
He was replaced in the draw by David Vega Hernandez, a lucky loser from qualifying rounds.