Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene has been defeated in the quarter-final of the bet-at-home open in Hamburg.
The 26-year-old was defeated by Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-5 in just under an hour and a half.
The world number 67, who had lost on four previous occasions to Fognini, had impressed all week in Germany and had recorded a career best scalp when he knocked out the third seed and world number 23 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets 7-6 7-6.
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But the experienced Fognini proved too much for Bedene who's 90 ranking points may move him as high as 57 in the world rankings when they are released next week, cementing his place as the second highest ranked British singles player.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Rafael Nadal comfortably negotiated his way through to the semi-finals with a 6-3 6-2 win over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. Nadal will take on Andreas Seppi on Saturday as he continues his preparation for the U.S. Open later this month.
Whilst, in the doubles tournament, Wimbledon finalist Jamie Murray and his partner John Peers will face Fognini and his fellow Italian Simone Bolelli for a place in the final, having beaten German qualifiers Frank Moser and Jan Lennard-Struff 6-3 6-4.
Across the tennis world it has not been an overly successful week for the Brit's.
At Challenger level, top seed and GB No.3, James Ward, was knocked out in the first round in Lexington, whilst Ed Corrie could also do no better.
Liam Broady and Brydan Klein both fell at the second hurdle at the same tournament.
Davis Cup doubles star Dom Inglot also struggled and was knocked out in the first round at the ATP event in Hamburg.
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