London: Swiss ace Stanislas Wawrinka has crashed out of the French Open in the first round itself, failing in his bid to become the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win both the Australian and French Opens in the same year.
The third-seeded Swiss made 62 unforced errors in a 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat by Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, ranked 41st, who now faces France’s Adrian Mannarino in round two.
According to the BBC, Wawrinka had a 4-2 record from their previous encounters and had won his first Masters 1000 title on the clay of Monte Carlo only last month.
The report mentioned that Wawrinka is the first Australian Open champion to lose in the first round of the subsequent Roland Garros since Petr Korda in 1998.
The last Grand Slam champion to lose in the first round of their next major was reigning Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013, the report added.