British number two Kyle Edmund suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Estoril Open on Monday, losing to a player ranked 201 places below him at 242 in the world.
Edmund, seeded seventh for the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, was expected to enjoy a long stay in Portugal given his strong start to the claycourt season, but the Brit was stunned by the qualifier Joao Domingues.
Edmund led 5-2 in the final set but let his lead slip, falling to a disappointing 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) defeat.
Domingues had never before won a match on the ATP Tour but started confidently and broke Edmund in his second service game to take the first set 6-4.
But Edmund appeared to rally. He took his first break-point opportunity in the second set before leveling the score, and also raced into a 5-2 lead in the decisive third set despite losing his first service game to trail 2-0.
The 22-year-old’s serve then fell to pieces as the twice failed to serve out for the match – despite having a match point in both. Domingues took the game to a tie-breaker which he then won comfortably, winning the final three points of the match to win the final set 7-6 (2).
Domingues will now play the South African Kevin Anderson for a place in the quarter-finals.
Defeat will come as a bitter disappointment to Edmund, who counts clay as his preferred surface and has been in good form of late.
There was however better news for British number four Aljaz Bedene, who beat Marton Fucsovic to qualify for the second round of the Istanbul Open.
Bedene reached the final of the Hungarian Open last week, which saw him improve his world ranking to 58, and continued his good form against Fucsovic.
He ground out a 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-4 victory over the Hungarian qualifier and will now take on the top seed Milos Raonic in the second round, who has played only one match since February because of injury.Reuse content