Aljaz Bedene of Great Britain on Friday added to the home crowd’s discomfort of seeing another Briton crashing out as he lost 6(4)-7(7), 5-7, 4-6 to Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.
The world number 58 lost out in the court two matches in the third round of the men’s singles match in spite of high expectations.
The first two sets ended in tie breaks which showed that Muller was the more fortunate player.
Bedene lost the second set in a fiercely contested game, while the third set was a defining game for Muller.
He put pressure on Muller and deuced the game at 6-6 in the first set, but a big sliced serve into the body cramped him up to pump a shot wide.
Muller, who was seeded 16, will appreciate the benefit of playing on Friday, after the exhilarating third round game, as he will enjoy two days off.
His fourth round game is on Monday.
NAN/ Jibril .O