(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
ROSMALEN, Netherlands (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."