Bernard Tomic has crashed out of Wimbledon after blowing a handy fifth-set advantage in a disappointing fourth-round loss to Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
Pouille battled back from a service break down in the deciding set to eliminate Tomic 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 10-8 in two hours and 55 minutes on Monday.
The world No.30 is guaranteed to play a Czech in his maiden grand slam quarter-final – either 2010 runner-up and world No.10 Tomas Berdych or the unseeded Jiri Veseley.
After waiting through a 90-minute rain delay with the score locked up at one set all, Tomic appeared to be on track for his second quarter-final appearance at the All England Club.
But after allowing the Frenchman back on level terms and then staving off six break points in the deciding set, Tomic was unable to convert a hard-earned 4-2 lead.
Seeded 19th, Tomic made a confident enough start in his bid to match his run to the last eight as a teenage qualifier in 2011.
He broke Pouille for a 3-1 lead, only to lose four of the next five games to surrender the first set.
Pouille sought treatment for a right foot injury at 3-2 in the second set and the lengthy break allowed Tomic to regain his attacking mindset.
Stepping up the aggression, he rifled a backhand past the advancing Frenchman to gain a break for 4-3.
He served out the set with his 12th ace to draw back on level terms before the heavens opened and forced players off court.
Tomic saved four break points in the sixth game of the third set upon the resumption and was rewarded for his resilience with a crucial break of his own the very next game.
He consolidated to seize a two-sets-to-one lead, only to take his foot off the pedal and allow Pouille to force a deciding set.
In growing trouble, Tomic showed true grit to hold from love-40 and 15-40 in his first two service games in the fifth.
He also faced a break point at 2-2 but once again held firm.
Refusing to go away, though, Pouille rallied from 4-2 down to eventually deny Tomic in just under three hours of stop-start action.