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Malisse ousts Ferrer on grass in Netherlands


June 18. 2013 1:38PM
Associated Press

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(AP) French Open finalist David Ferrer lost his first-round match Tuesday at the Topshelf Open, a grass-court tournament held the week before Wimbledon.


A single service break in the second set was enough for Xavier Malisse of Belgium to beat the defending champion and top-seeded Ferrer in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-3.


"I think I need to play more on grass to get into it," Ferrer said. "I can now train for a few days in London. I have to stay positive; my focus is now on my first match at Wimbledon."


Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka edged Steve Darcis 7-6 (5), 6-4. Darcis was a late replacement for Dutchman Igor Sijsling, who pulled out with a stomach problem. The only other seeded player to reach the second round was fifth-seeded Jeremy Chardy, who beat Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-4.


Top-seeded and 2011 champion Roberta Vinci had no such problem, stopping Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 in the first match on center court to reach the second round.


Fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens rallied from a set down to overcome Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, and Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-4.


Benoit Paire was another seeded player who didn't make it past the first round, retiring after losing the first three games of the match to fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra.


Associated Press


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