Less than 24 hours after celebrating a rare victory on the ATP tennis circuit, Switzerland's Marc Rosset was again faced with defeat on Wednesday, after being knocked out in the second round in Stuttgart.
Rosset was beaten in straight sets (3-6, 5-7) by Argentina's Gaston Gaudio. It was the Swiss player's second defeat to Gaudio in two weeks, following their first round meeting at last week's Swiss Open in Gstaad.
Just as in that encounter, Rosset had his chances in Stuttgart. But he was only able to convert one of four break points. Leading 5-3 in the second set, Rosset was serving to level the match, but failed to hold his service and was subsequently unable to win another game.
On Tuesday, Rosset was at least able to celebrate the end of a miserable streak of results. By beating German qualifier Jakob Herm-Zahlava in straight sets, the Genevan was able to pull off his first win on the tour since April.
In Gstaad he told swissinfo that he would consider entering some lower grade tournaments in the coming weeks in an effort to restore his confidence.
Rosset finished last season as Swiss number one and was one of the world's top 30 players. His wretched performances this year have since seem him drop to 98th in the world, with Roger Federer and Michel Kratochvil overtaking him in the national pecking order.
swissinfo with agencies