WIMBLEDON, England -- He had just won the French Open, the object of his dreams, but Juan Carlos Ferrero wanted more.
"I think maybe I'm going think more in Wimbledon or U.S. Open because how I win this tournament," he said. "I want to win another (Grand Slam) tournament different of this."
He told the assembled media that he was going home to Spain to practice on grass.
"And," he added, smiling, "I'm going to win a tournament in Wimbledon, no?"
Ferrero, a superb clay-court player, has reached four straight semifinals at the French Open. Still, he was 0-for-8 in the other slams before he made the quarterfinals in this year's Australian Open.
He deserves credit, though, for not bailing from Wimbledon like so many of his countryman, like Albert Costa and Alex Corretja.
On Tuesday, Ferrero fell short in his bid to match that effort, losing to No. 13 seed Sebastien Grosjean 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in a match continued from Monday.
While the women's side features the top four seeded players in the Thursday semifinals, the men's quarters are missing the top three seeds: No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, No. 2 Andre Agassi and, now, No. 3 Ferrero.
It's the first time the men's quarters are without a previous Wimbledon champion since 1973, when a boycott took 13 of the 16 seeds out of the mix. Beyond that, there are no Grand Slam champions of any sort in the final eight for the first time in 35 years.
That means someone's going to be a first-time, big-time winner. The leading candidates: No. 4 Roger Federer, No. 5 Andy Roddick and unseeded Mark Philippouissis, the Aussie who buried Agassi on Monday with a record-tying 46 aces.
The Friday quarters look like this:
Roddick against unseeded Jonas Bjorkman, Englishman Tim Henman, the No. 10 seed, versus Grosjean, Federer versus No. 8 Sjeng Schalken and a battle between Philippoussis and Alexander Popp, who is also unseeded.
Ferrero, for his part, said he felt a bit sad.
"It is normal," he said, "because I just lost now. I lost the opportunity of becoming No. 1, but I can be optimistic about next year. I felt good on grass."
Can he win here, where the serve and volley game still lives?
"Yes, one day," Ferrero said. "Playing from the baseline and winning is difficult, but it is possible."
Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.