Woeful Wawrinka bows out in Monte Carlo

Pablo Cuevas upset third seed Stan Wawrinka to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. 

The Uruguayan took advantage of a lacklustre Wawrinka to roll him over in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in just 75 minutes on the clay courts of Monte Carlo.

Wawrinka looked out of sorts from the get-go, notching up 33 unforced errors to 17 winners and winning just 63 percent of first service points.

The Swiss star saved two break points early on in the opening set but Cuevas would continue to pile on the pressure and break Wawrinka to go 3-1 up. The world number 27 then saved a couple break points on his way taking the set. 

In the second set, Wawrinka lost his opening service game and Cuevas consolidated immediately and went on to serve out the set without drama to record a memorable win. 

The upset is the second of the day, following Alberto Ramos-Vinolas’ three-set win over top seed Andy Murray.

Cuevas will play in his second career Masters 1000 quarter-final against Lucas Pouille after Adrian Mannarino pulled out while 3-0 down in the opening set due to injury.