Former world number one Andy Murray’s hopes of making his first ATP semifinal in two years were dashed by top-seeded Hubert Harkacks in the last eight at the Metz on Friday.
Poland’s Hercules, who defeated Roger Federer on the way to the Wimbledon semi-finals in July, won 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
“Andy is an incredible competitor, he has achieved a lot in his career,” said world number 13 Hercules.
“He’s coming back from a serious injury and playing at a very high level, so he’s amazing and you can be impressed with the results.”
Murray, a three-time winner, was playing in his first quarterfinal since winning the Antwerp title in October 2019.
The 34-year-old, who has had two hip surgeries in the past three years, is now 113th in the world.
For the Hurricanes, it was the second win against Murray this year after last year’s victory in Cincinnati.
The 24-year-old will next face Peter Gojukzic when the Germans beat Marcos Geron of the United States 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Gail Monfils kept home hopes alive when World No. 20 defeated eighth seed Nicolas Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-3.
Monfils will face either young Holger Ron of Denmark or Pablo Carino Bosta of Spain for a place in the final.
The French number one said, “I’m playing better and better. I’m happy with the return of the fans, there’s some more fire and positive energy.”
“I hope this continues.”