ROSMALEN, Netherlands - French Open losing finalist David Ferrer lost his first round match Tuesday at the Topshelf Open, depriving him of valuable practice time on the grass courts of Rosmalen in the week before Wimbledon.
A single service break in the second set was enough for Xavier Malisse of Belgium to beat defending champion and top-seeded Ferrer in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
The top-seeded woman, 2011 champion Roberta Vinci, had no such problems, brushing aside Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 in the first match on centre court to reach the second round.
Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka was playing Steve Darcis later Tuesday in the first round. Wawrinka had been due to play Igor Sijsling, but the Dutchman pulled out with a stomach problem.