Stan Wawrinka’s honeymoon as a Grand Slam champion ended today when the Australian Open winner dropped in the first round of the French Open today. In first major upset of event, the third-seeded Wawrinka lost the last nine games of the match to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 64, 57 62, 60 to become the first Australian Open champion to lose first round at the French since Petr Korda in 1998.
“The match wasn’t good at all. I was trying to find my game. Trying to find to be aggressive. Trying to find anything, and I didn’t.
“It’s a tough loss, for sure. But it’s like that. Sometimes you need to have some tough one to see exactly where you want to go and how you’re gonna do it.”
Warwinka was the third favorite to win the title behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, but the Swiss just isn’t ready to join them at the top of the game. It’s the earliest he’s lost at the event since 2006.
“I think it’s just a different story,” he said. “Now it’s a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together, but differently than in the past, because now it’s, after winning Grand Slam, Masters 1000, being No. 3 in the world, everything is different, and I still didn’t find all the pieces.”
The last Grand Slam champion to lose in the 1st round of their next major was reigning Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal at 2013 Wimbledon.
Wawrinka is the first first-time men’s Grand Slam winner to lose in the 1st round of their next major since Lleyton Hewitt lost in the 1st round at the 2002 Australian Open having won the 2001 US Open.
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