Gael Monfils through in Argentina but Pablo Carreno Busta crashes out

Michael Graham
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - FEBRUARY 15: Gael Monfils of France takes a forehand shot during a second round match between Dusan Lajovic of Serbia and Gael Monfils of France as part of ATP Argentina Open at Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club on February 15, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4 6-3 to set up a quarter-final match against home favourite Leonardo Mayer in Buenos Aires.

Argentinian Mayer overcame fourth seed Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3 to delight the home crowd and will now fancy his chances with the home advantage.

However, number two seed Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, crashed out of the competition after being beaten 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 7-6 (8/6) by compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Dominic Thiem is already into the quarter finals, as is perhaps Argentina’s best hope, Diego Schwartzman, who’ll now face Aljaz Bedene.