Monfils stunned in Quito, Ramos-Vinolas cruises into semis
Gael Monfils suffered a shock loss in the Ecuador Open quarter-finals as Albert Ramos-Vinolas was left as the only seed standing on Friday.
Monfils, the third seed at the clay-court tournament in Quito, was downed by Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the last eight.
The Frenchman was a hot favourite to win the ATP 250 event, but Monteiro dominated the third set to progress in a surprise victory.
Monteiro will face Ramos-Vinolas in the semi-finals after the Spanish second seed proved too good for Gerald Melzer 6-2 6-4.
¡Sorpresa de altura! @dThiagoMonteiro venció 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 a @Gael_Monfils y jugará por un cupo en la final del #TenisLatitudCero / Huge surprise in Quito! @dThiagoMonteiro beat 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 @Gael_Monfils and advanced to SF of #EcuadorOpen250 pic.twitter.com/O7rJ4unSgf— #TenisLatitudCero (@EcuadorOpen250) February 10, 2018
Melzer upset Victor Estrella Burgos – the three-time defending champion and only player to win the tournament – in the second round.
However, he was no match for Ramos-Vinolas, who faced just one break point in a convincing display.
Ramos-Vinolas is the only seed remaining after Nicolas Jarry was edged out by Roberto Carballes Baena 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5).
Carballes Baena will face fellow qualifier Andrej Martin in the last four after the Slovakian beat teenage wildcard Corentin Moutet 6-3 6-4.