World No. 3 David Ferrer was highly critical of his performance on Friday night, where he suffered a defeat against world No. 62 Yen-Hsun Lu in the semi-finals of the Heineken Open in Auckland. The top seed at the event appeared sluggish on court and commit a significant number of errors, eventually losing the contest in straight sets. The loss snapped a 14 match winning streak in Auckland and ended his chances of winning the title for a fourth consecutive year.
“I didn’t play so good—it is maybe one of the worst defeats of my career,” Ferrer told reporters. “Today I made a lot of mistakes like a junior.”
While the Spaniard was disappointed with his semi-final performance, he was still satisfied with his overall performance throughout the week at the Australian Open warm-up event, which include come-from-behind victories over Donald Young and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
“I am proud. I won a lot of matches here in Auckland,” said Ferrer. “I will be here next year. I like this tournament and if I am fit I will be here next year.”
Ferrer has not won a ATP World Tour title since last February, when he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka to win the clay court title in Buenos Aires. The Spaniard is scheduled to meet Colombian competitor Alejandro Gonzalez in the opening round of the Australian Open next week.