Promising young Australian Bernard Tomic has become the latest seed to drop out of the AEGON International after defeat to world number 63 Fabio Fognini.
The 2011 surprise Wimbledon quarter-finalist received a bye for the first round of the competition after being given the fourth seed, but fell at his first hurdle after being pushed all the way by Fognini in their second-round contest.
World number 27 Tomic will be left to rue missed opportunities as Fognini progresses to the quarter-finals and a meet with either Andy Roddick or Jeremy Chardy.
The 19-year-old Aussie took the first set comfortably 6-4; answering back with two breaks of serve after Fognini had taken the advantage.
However, Tomic faltered in the second set, missing seven chances to break Fognini’s serve and being left kicking himself as the Italian went on to level the score at one set a-piece by six games to three.
The third set seemed to be heading in the favour of the fourth seed, who broke serve straight away and managed to hold for the ensuing couple of games.
However, Fognini, on his quest for a first singles title, gritted his teeth and knuckled down to break Tomic’s serve twice, the latter of which when the score was level at 5-5.
Fognini held serve to take the match and ensure Tomic follows fellow seeds Richard Gasquet, Julien Benneteau and Pablo Andujar out the door.