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Tennis: Stan overboard as Nadal, Djokovic, Sharapova shine at French Open

Published on May 27, 2014 6:11 AM
 
Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland returns to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain during their first round match for the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France on May 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - Third-seeded Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka made a shock, listless exit from the French Open on Monday at the hands of Spanish journeyman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The Swiss, bidding to become the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the French Open in the same year as the Australian title, lost 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

The 29-year-old produced a woeful 61 unforced errors as Garcia-Lopez, the world number 41, booked a second round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

"It was just terrible," said Wawrinka. "It was not a good match. I need to take a few days off and see what will happen. Sometimes you need a tough loss to see where you are going." Wawrinka admitted that the pressure of being a Grand Slam champion is weighing heavily on him.

 
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