David Ferrer has pledged to look at what is wrong with his game, after his shock loss to Marcel Granollers in their all-Spanish clash in the second round of the Japan Open in Tokyo on Monday.
The world number five, who was seeded second for the hard court tournament, was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, having his serve broken four times in the process, and he has not been able to repeat his triumph of winning the title in Tokyo in 2007.
The 2013 French Open finalist has lost his last three matches, as he was also beaten in the second round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week by Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.
It has been a difficult period for the 32-year-old, as his last on-court win came in the first round of the US Open against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, before being given a walkover in the second round by Australian Bernard Tomic, and he was then knocked out in the third round by Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Despite reaching the final of the Cincinnati Masters in his last tournament before the US Open, where he lost to Swiss Roger Federer, Ferrer is unhappy with his game, and he was disappointed with his loss of focus against Granollers.
Granollers, ranked 44 in the world, achieved his first ever victory against his fellow Spaniard at the sixth attempt, with their previous meeting being a two-set win for Ferrer at the Paris Masters in 2012.
The former world number three told reporters: "Every day in life is different.
"In the second set I lost my focus and in the third he played better and took advantage. I'm sad to lose, I need to see what is going on with my game."
Qualifying for London
Ferrer is still not guaranteed a place at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, though he will have two opportunities to cement his place in the top eight at Masters Series events in Shanghai and Paris in October.
Should he qualify, then it will be the sixth time Ferrer has appeared at the year-ending tournament, and he has not failed to finish inside the top eight since 2009.
He has had a solid year on the tour, winning his 21st ATP singles title in Buenos Aires in February, as well as reaching the final in Hamburg in July before his run to the last two in Cincinnati in August.
But Ferrer will be disappointed to have not reached the semi-finals of any of the four Grand Slams, with runs to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and French Open being his best results in majors, and he lost in the second round at Wimbledon to Russian Andrey Kunetsov in June.