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A week of upsets as the Marbella Challenger draws to a close

Carlos Gimeno Valero is in the quarters.
Carlos Gimeno Valero is in the quarters. / Anytech365 Marbella Tennis Open
  • A limited number of spectators will witness the closing stages of the AnyTech365 Marbella Open held at the Puente Romano tennis club

It's anyone's guess who will come away from the AnyTech365 Marbella Tennis Open with the main prize this Sunday after a week of upsets saw the favourite, the rising star and all local players eliminated in the early rounds at the Puente Romano tennis club.

World number 89 and tournament favourite Federico Coria was knocked out in the round of 32 on Tuesday by 19-year-old Carlos Gimeno Valero (434th). Later in the day Carlos Alcaraz (138th), one of Spain's most promising young talents was also knocked out, in this case by Italian Lorenzo Giustino (146th). The 17-year-old, who came to Marbella on the back of victory in the Alicante Challenger will now have to wait until 2021 to make his push into the top 100.

The third major surprise also came on Tuesday when Roberto Carballés (100th) was dumped out by Czech national Vit Kopriva (343rd) in a hugely unrecognisable performance by his usual standards.

In the absence of Alejandro Davidovich, the only Malaga player to make it to the tournament proper, Carlos Gómez Herrera (355th), was knocked out by Steven Diez (173th).

The quarter-finals of the tournament get under way today, Friday, with a limited number of spectators now allowed inside the complex.

Rank outsider Carlos Gimeno Valero will take on Alexandre Müller, while the new favourite to win the tournament, Pedro Martínez, faces Slovene Blaž Rola.

The tournament concludes with this Sunday with tickets for the semi-finals and final still on sale from entradium.com. Alternatively, footage will be streamed live on on Eurosport and LaLigaSportsTV.