After wasting six match points in his second-round encounter against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, Britain’s Dan Evans was eliminated from the Japan Open.
The British number two overcame a set deficit and a 4-2 deficit in the last set to put himself in position to win the match at 5-4.
Eight places higher than Kecmanovic, the 32-year-old is currently rated 33 in the world.
In the meantime, Nick Kyrgios defeated Kamil Majchrzak of Poland after falling behind a set. By winning 3-6 6-2 6-2, the Australian advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals.
Evans, who lost to Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round of the Korea Open in September, was ahead 40-0 and had three more match points in the same game, but he was unable to convert on any of them.
After missing his first match chance at 6-5, the Serb won the remaining four points of the tiebreak to claim a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) victory.
Along with Australian partner John Peers, Evans exited the doubles competition in the quarterfinals after losing to American Mackenzie McDonald and Brazilian Marcelo Melo by scores of 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), and 10-6.