Wawrinka Loses Roland Garros Opener, Says He ‘Needs to Put the Puzzle Back Together’

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A staggering upset took place in the opening round of the French Open on Monday afternoon, as Swiss No. 1 and third seed Stan Wawrinka was upset by the in-form Spaniard Daniel Garcia-Lopez.

It was a fantastic display of tennis from the Spaniard, as he broke Wawrinka eight times during the contest and even won managed to bagel him in the final set to close out the match 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

“I was trying to find my game, trying to find to be aggressive, trying to find anything, and I didn’t,” said Wawrinka, “It’s a tough loss, for sure. I’m sad, but maybe it’s going to be very positive the rest of my season. Maybe it will put my ideas in the right place, and maybe it will give me answers to the questions I have for the rest of my season, for the rest of my career.”

Wawrinka had won his first Grand Slam title earlier this season on Melbourne, before managing another first-time achievement when he won his first Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo. While that portion of his season was magnificently successful, since then, Wawrinka has won one match on the tour, as he suffered a highly unexpected loss to Dominic Thiem in his opening match in Madrid and followed up with a third round loss to Tommy Haas in Rome. Now, he adds to that another first round exit in Paris to close out the clay court portion of his season.

“I’ve had ups and downs,” he admitted. “That’s why I’m saying I am not at the level of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, because they have been around for many years, and they win everything. I know I’ll have the level. I could defeat them, but it’s different.

“I need to put the puzzle back together, find solutions, because the pressure is different. I’m not saying I have more pressure, but the pressure is different. My expectations are different.”

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