Kohlschreiber blasted seven aces but undid his good work
with seven double faults, including two in the final game of the
"I was telling myself to relax, stay cool," Kohlschreiber said.
"The next point was very
important and once I won that, I knew I had a chance to seal the
Kohlschreiber, who was a quarterfinalist last week in the Qatar Open,
said he was hoping his recent form would propel him into the top 20 world rankings this year.
"That is one of my goals. I'd like to get there as soon as
possible," he said.
Ferrero, a former world No. 1, has not won an ATP Tour title since the Madrid
Masters in October 2003 and has now played six successive finals
without a win.
"I think I played good tennis this week, I didn't win but
I'll keep trying," he said.
"The match was very close, it was decided in three or four
points in the whole match ... He played better than
me in a few important moments."
Both players are entered in the Australian Open, which begins
in Melbourne on Monday, with Ferrero meeting Germany's
Nicolas Kiefer, while Kohlschreiber will play a qualifier.