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Stanislas Wawrinka dumped out of French Open

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World number 41 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez caused the shock of the day at the French Open on Monday, when he knocked out Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round.

The world number three was among the contenders to challenge Rafael Nadal for the Roland Garros title, but he was knocked out in four sets on Philippe Chatrier Court, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

Garcia-Lopez managed to break his opponent’s serve on eight occasions on the way to victory, taking advantage of Wawrinka’s 62 unforced errors to set up a meeting with France’s Adrian Mannarino in the second round.

But Wawrinka was not the only top ten seed to falter at the first hurdle, as ninth seed Kei Nishikori was beaten by Slovakian Martin Klizan (7-6, 6-1, 6-2).

It is only the second time that Klizan has reached the second round, and the result comes as a surprise, as Nishikori became the first man Japanese man to reach the world’s top ten in April.

Nadal began his quest to win the tournament for the ninth time with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of American Robby GInepri.

The number one seed, who is aiming to become the first man to win the tournament in five consecutive years, needed just one hour and 42 minutes to complete his victory.
Novak Djokovic also sailed into round two, as the Serbian defeated Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

The number two seed and 2012 runner-up will face Jeremy Chardy of France in the next round, as he looks to build on winning the Rome Masters earlier in May.

There were to be few shocks in the women’s draw, with top ten seeds Maria Sharapova, Dominika Cibulkova and Petra Kvitova all managing to win without encountering too many problems.

Seventh seed Sharapova swept past fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-2 in the first match of the day on Chatrier.

The 2011 champion needed just 61 minutes, and a potential quarter-final meeting with world number one Serena Williams remains on the cards.

Kvitova completed a 7-5 6-2 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in fading light on Suzanne Lenglen Court, as 25 winners to her opponent’s two made the difference after a tight first set.

The fifth seed will play Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in the second round.
Cibulkova beat Virginie Razzano (7-5, 6-0) in the first match of the day on the same court, as the Australian Open runner-up blitzed through the second set after winning a 59 minute battle for the first.

The pick of the schedule for day three will see a mouth-watering first round match between home favourite Richard Gasquet and talented Australian Bernard Tomic, while Andy Murray begins his campaign against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

The French fans will also be able to see home players Caroline Garcia and Gael Monfils begin their tournaments on Chatrier against Ana Ivanovic and Victor Hanescu respectively.

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