American Sam Querrey is looking comfortable in the lower half of the draw after his Court 2 contest against Victor Estrella Burgos was cut short.
The Dominican Republic player, only in as a late replacement for absent Ukrainian seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, lost the opening set 7-5 in 32 minutes and then his trainer came on court.
Estrellla Burgos spent eight minutes having his leg massaged, smiling at the large crowd who were mystified, and then after returning to court to play two points retired hurt.
It was ironic that he got hurt as #2 seed Dolgopolov had failed to arrive at Eastbourne, citing that he had not fully recovered from the injury that forced to withdraw from the grass court event at Queen’s Club in London.
Querrey is a force to be reckoned with in the last eight, the 6’5” powerhouse is a past winner at Queen’s Club and has all the weapons required to succeed on grass.
The only player likely to stand in his way in reaching the final is defending champion Feliciano Lopez, who remains the sole seed in the bottom half of the draw.
The Spaniard was surprisingly given the runaround on Centre Court by German Qualifier Tobias Kamke, and was forced to dig deep in his first match at Devonshire Park since claiming the title.
Supported by the vocal crowd who no doubt saw him narrowly settle for runner-up spot at Queen’s Club last Sunday, Lopez edged the opening set on the tie-break and was forced to fight tooth and nail for every point before advancing to the last eight with a nervy 7-6 (10) 7-5 victory.
France’s Jeremy Chardy lies in store next for 27-year-old Lopez, following his 6-4 7-5 triumph over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in the day’s final Singles match in Court #3.
And Querrey also faces a French player next. Julien Benneteau was always in control so easily brushed aside compatriot Gilles Simon, the #6 seed dismissed 6-3 6-4. It was a dismal display by Simon on Court 1, having played some exciting tennis to reach the 2013 Aegon International final.
Another seed fell on Court 1. Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin advances to the quarter-finals after delivering the knock-out blow to Spain’s #4 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 7-5. His reward is a showdown with France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who progressed courtesy of a 6-2 7-6 (4) success over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen on Court #3.
Richard Gasquet, now the only seed in the top half of the draw, has an opportunity to get back to winning ways. Gasquet, seeded #13 for Wimbledon, celebrated his 28th birthday with a three set haul over 21-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
He will play Martin Klizan to determine a semi-final spot. The Slovak star beat American Donald Young, a 1st Round conqueror of British grass court specialist James Ward, 7-6 (4) 6-4. Klizan, the former 2006 Junior French Open champion, has not previously enjoyed grass although with a pair of wins at Eastbourne this season he has now doubled his number of career victories on grass.