Spain's contingent at Wimbledon has dwindled down to one after two more seeded players - Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco - bowed out in third-round action Friday.
The 12th-seeded Almagro put up little resistance against 2007 semifinalist Richard Gasquet of France, falling 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in just one hour and 38 minutes.
In his first two matches earlier in the week, Almagro had gotten good mileage out of his powerful first serve, cracking a whopping 48 aces in his first-round, five-set victory over Belgium's Olivier Rochus and another 20 more in a second-round win over Frenchman Guillaume Rufin.
But that effectiveness dipped dramatically on Friday, as he only struck seven aces and had his serve broken once in each set against the 18th-seeded Frenchman.
Earlier, Verdasco, the No. 17 seed, lost a lengthy battle with Belgium's Xavier Malisse, a semifinalist at this event in 2002, succumbing 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
These latest defeats came a day after Spanish world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion, suffered one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history - a 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 defeat to 100th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol.
That leaves seventh-seeded David Ferrer, who faces a difficult third-round opponent Saturday in big-serving American Andy Roddick, as the only Spanish singles player left in this year's tournament.
Wimbledon is the third of four Grand Slam tournaments on the tennis calendar and the only one played on grass. EFE