Dan Evans’ run at the Barcelona Open came to an end in the third round courtesy of a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 defeat by Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
British number three Evans, who had never won on clay at ATP Tour level prior to this event, competed well in the first set but lost in a tie-break.
He was broken early in the second by the fourth seed and never recovered.
Thiem, who beat another Brit, Kyle Edmund, in round two, faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the last eight.
World number one Andy Murray will also reach the quarter-finals if he beats Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Thursday afternoon.