Pablo Andujar ended local participation in the Geneva Open on Thursday, knocking out his second Swiss player to reach the semi-finals.
The Spaniard who won the Gstaad title on clay in 2014, added teenager Dominic Stricker to his victim’s list 48 hours after shocking Roger Federer.
With Federer uncharacteristically sticking around the grounds this week to train on clay, it was all down to the 18-year-old Stricker, reigning Roland Garros junior champion.
But the youngster’s lead of a set and a break was undone by the 35-year-old Andujar ranked 75th, with the Spaniard fighting back to win the second set and level the contest after his opponent saved a first set point with one of his 10 aces on the afternoon.
Stricker went down an early break in the deciding set in front of a strictly limited crowd of 100 ticket-holding insiders, with the Bernese left-hander falling to 0-3.
Hopes for the No. 419 rose with a break-back for 3-4 but Andujar shut the door with a break in the final game, winning on a first match point.
Stricker was the youngest Swiss ATP quarter-finalist since Federer at Copenhagen 2000.
Second seed Denis Shapovalov also had to pass a three-set test as the second seed got his week started in the second round after a bye.
The Candian fought past Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-1 to next face Serb Laslo Djere, a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 winner against Italian sixth seed Fabio Fognini.
Both matches were held over from Wednesday due to poor weather which interrupted play.
Shapovalov had to battle to put down No. 104 Cecchinato in a match lasting for almost two and a half hours. He won with 15 aces but also struck nine double-faults.