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Malisse ousts Ferrer on grass in Netherlands

Updated: June 18, 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ROSMALEN, Netherlands -- 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 ...

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