TOPSHELF OPEN 2013
Malisse Upsets Ferrer In 's-Hertogenbosch Opener
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
Malisse, who improved to 16-41 lifetime against Top 10 opponents in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has advanced to the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament for the past three years.
“Xavier is a very good player and I am disappointed to have lost my first match,” said Ferrer, who admitted he had trained on hard courts last week in Spain.
Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka won on his return to ‘s-Hertogenbosch for the first time in eight years. Wawrinka beat lucky loser Steve Darcis 7-6(5), 6-4, having originally been scheduled to meet Igor Sijsling. Darcis stepped in after Sijsling withdrew ahead of the match due to stomach flu. Wawrinka will next challenge Paolo Lorenzi.
Fourth seed Benoit Paire retired with a severe right adductor strain at 0-3 in the first set against Michael Llodra, the 2004 champion (d. Coria) and 2005 runner-up (l. to Ancic). The French pair had been playing for 15 minutes in their third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting of the year.
Mixed Fortunes For Doubles Seeds
Top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Evgeny Donskoy and Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-5 in the first round, while wild cards Thiemo de Bakker and Jesse Huta Galung got the better of last week’s Gerry Weber Open titlists and No. 3 seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 10-8.