Gstaad - Juan Monaco has held his nerve in a tight final set to upset third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 on Wednesday for a second consecutive place in a quarter-final at the Swiss Open.
The Argentine, whose ranking has dropped to 105, won his sixth of eight meetings with Garcia-Lopez, whom he also beat in the second round in Gstaad a year ago.
The unseeded South American missed his first chance to serve out victory in the concluding set but came through into the last eight on his second opportunity two games later, going through on his second match point.
A year ago, Monaco held a match point in his quarter-final against eventual Gstaad champion and current top seeded Mikhail Youzhny.
"I like Gstaad, last year I played a great match against the champion. We both deserved to win it. I was happy with conditions (at 1 010m altitude) and I'm back again.
"This year, I'm feeling great. I was a little nervous when I was serving for the match at 5-2. I missed that opportunity. But I just tried to get focused on the changeover, thinking of where I'm going to serve.
"I had to play relaxed, it's the only way to play a good game. The last game was difficult but I'm m happy with how I played today.
"Every match for me is very important at this moment," said the player who has reached his third quarter-final of the season.
Monaco stood 23rd on the ATP in early 2011 and won four titles - three on clay - in 2012. His last trophy came the week before the 2013 French Open in Duesseldorf.
He stands outside the top 100 for the first time in more than eight years.
Argentine fifth seed Federico Delbonis was also sent packing by Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci as the two-time former champion advanced 6-4, 6-4.
Second seed Marcel Granollers fared far better though with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Swiss wild card Yann Marti while Spain's Pablo Andujar beat Slovenian Blaz Rola 6-3, 6-3.
In a first-round match
interrupted by darkness on Tuesday, Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen
defeated Gianni Mina of France 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3).
Results from the third day of the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Wednesday (x denotes seeded player):
Juan Monaco (ARG) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP x3) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) bt Federico Delbonis (ARG x5) 6-4, 6-4
Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt Blaz Rola (SLO) 6-3, 6-3
Marcel Granollers (ESP x2) bt Yann Marti (SUI) 6-1, 6-4
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) bt Gianni Mina (FRA) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3)