French Open 2018: Former Champion Stan Wawrinka Knocked Out In 1st Round

Updated: 28 May 2018 19:07 IST

Stan Wawrinka has been plagued by a knee injury and arrived at Roland Garros having won just one match on clay in Geneva last week, his first event in three months.

French Open 2018: Former Champion Stan Wawrinka Knocked Out In 1st Round
Stan Wawrinka will slip from 30th in the world to outside the top 250 after the French Open. © AFP

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka continued to struggle with form and fitness as he was dumped out of Roland Garros in the first round by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Monday, a defeat which will send his world ranking plummeting. Wawrinka, who lost to Rafael Nadal in last year's final and won the 2015 title, was beaten in a five-set thriller 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 3-6 by the Spanish world number 67 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The 33-year-old has been plagued by a knee injury and arrived at Roland Garros having won just one match on clay in Geneva last week, his first event in three months.

The defeat means that the three-time Grand Slam champion will slip from 30th in the world to outside the top 250 after the 2018 French Open, having failed to defend the ranking points he gained in 2017.

There were worrying signs for his fans when he pulled up with the same left knee injury that has plagued him in recent months and called for a medical timeout after just six games.

The 23rd seed looked to be really struggling as he quickly dropped the first set, but found his rhythm from nowhere in the second, crunching two massive forehands to break for a 3-1 lead.

A fired-up Wawrinka duly levelled the match, having saved a break point in the seventh game thanks to some magnificent defending in a brutal rally under the Paris sunshine.

Wawrinka saved a break point to serve out the third set after breaking in the opening game, as 34-year-old Garcia-Lopez threw his racket to the ground in disgust.

The match looked to be all but over when Wawrinka broke in game five of the fourth set, but he became ragged and Garcia-Lopez forced a decider by edging a tie-break.

Wawrinka's form totally deserted him in the fifth set, and Garcia-Lopez comfortably wrapped up victory.

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Topics : Stanislas Wawrinka Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Rafael Nadal Tennis
Highlights
  • Stan Wawrinka dumped out of French Open
  • Wawrinka lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in five sets
  • Wawrinka had won the French Open in 2015
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