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Defending champ David Ferrer falls to Malisse in Netherlands upset

June 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM

S'HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 18 (UPI) -- Top-seeded defending champion David Ferrer of Spain took an early exit from the grass-court Topshelf Open Tuesday, falling to Xavier Malisse in an upset.

Ferrer, ranked fourth in the world, tumbled to the Belgian grass court specialist 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 in the opening round at Autotron Rosmalen.

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The Spaniard was seeking to repeat in the Netherlands after downing German Philipp Petzschner in last year's finale.

Malisse, meanwhile, notched just his 16th win 57 all-time matches against Top 10 players.

Elsewhere Tuesday, second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland moved on to the second round with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 defeat of Belgian lucky-loser Steve Darcis 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, while No. 5 seed Jeremy Chardy of France bested countryman Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-4.

The news wasn't as good for No. 4 Benoit Paire, who retired in the first set against French countryman Michael Llodra.

Romanian wild card Marius Copil, Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu, French qualifier Nicolas Mahut, and Czech qualifier Jan Hernych also picked up opening-round victories.

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