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PARIS---Playing in his first Grand
Slam match since becoming a major
champion, Stan Wawrinka lost.
The Australian Open champion was
on center court yesterday at the French
Open, but he was eliminated in the
first round after losing to 41st-ranked
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-
4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Wawrinka had 61 unforced errors
and won only 54 per cent of the points
on his first serve.
In Melbourne, Wawrinka won his
first Grand Slam title, beating Rafael
Nadal in the final. He warmed up for
the French Open by beating Roger Fed-
erer on clay in the Monte Carlo final.
Earlier, Novak Djokovic and Maria
Sharapova successfully dealt with the
wet weather and their opponents.
Both former No 1 players advanced
to the second round at Roland Garros,
playing through rain and rain delays,
while current No 1 Nadal finished off
his match in the sunshine.
Djokovic beat Joao Sousa of Portugal
6-1, 6-2, 6-4 despite being broken
three times, including while serving
for the match for the first time.
The second-seeded Serb was leading
4-1 when rain halted play on Court
Philippe Chatrier, but it restarted about
an hour later.
In the second set, a short shower
stopped play for only a few minutes.
Djokovic, wearing a white rain jacket,
used the time to entertain the crowd
by chatting with a ball boy and letting
the youngster sit alongside him on the
At one point, Djokovic grabbed the
umbrella out of the ball boy s hand
and in return gave him a racket. Then
Djokovic handed him a bottle of Perrier,
and the two clinked bottles before tak-
ing a sip.
Djokovic can complete a career
Grand Slam by winning the French
Nadal has already won a record eight
French Open titles, but he is looking
to become the first man to win five
times in a row in Paris.
Yesterday, he improved his record
at Roland Garros to 60-1 by beating
Robby Ginepri of the United States 6-
0, 6-3, 6-0.
Sharapova, the 2012 champion, was
first on court in the main stadium and
needed little more than an hour to beat
Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-2. She broke Per-
vak five times and finished with 17
winners, while Pervak had only four.
Up next in Paris will be Tsvetana
Pironkova of Bulgaria in the second
round. But she could face Williams in
Yesterday s match started about one-
hour, 20 minutes late because of the
wet weather. The forecast calls for
more rain for the rest of the week.
Australian Open runner-up Domini-
ka Cibulkova of Slovakia also advanced,
beating Virginie Razzano of France 7-
Other winners include No 5 Petra
Kvitova of the Czech Republic, No 12
Flavia Pennetta of Italy, No 16 Sabine
Lisicki of Germany, No 17 Roberta Vinci
of Italy, No 18 Eugenie Bouchard of
Canada, No 19 Samantha Stosur of
Australia, No 20 Alize Cornet of France,
No 28 Andrea Petkovic and No. 32
Elena Vesnina of Russia.
On the men s side, ninth-seeded Kei
Nishikori was knocked out in the first
round, losing to Martin Klizan of Slo-
vakia 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-2.
No 14 Fabio Fognini of Italy, No 17
Tommy Robredo of Spain, No 18
Ernests Gulbia of Latvia, No 25 Marin
Cilic of Croatia, No 26 Feliciano Lopez
of Spain, No 27 Roberto Bautista Agut
of Spain and No 29 Gilles Simon of
France advanced, while No 30 Vasek
Pospisil of Canada lost. (AP)
PARIS---So much for John Isner ver-
sus Nicolas Mahut redux.
Those two men met in the longest
match in tennis history---more than 11
hours spread over three days in the first
round at Wimbledon in 2010, with
Isner winning 70-68 in the fifth set---
and then, incredibly, were forced to
play each other in the same round at
the same tournament a year later.
They were drawn last week to have
a possible third career Grand Slam
meeting in the second round of the
But it won t happen, because France s
Mahut lost his opener Monday, 6-3,
6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 to Kazakhstan s
Mikhail Kukushkin. Isner, an American
seeded 10th, won his first-round match
Mahut said the thought of facing the
6-foot-10 Isner once more did cross
his mind, "because everybody talked
Samantha Stosur sewed up her first
match at the French Open in straight
sets yesterday, five days after getting
her leg sewn up.
The 19th-seeded Stosur said she had
an accident at the gym last week and
needed five stitches in her left leg, caus-
ing her to play her opening match at
Roland Garros with a shin pad inside
a huge bandage.
"Cut my leg pretty bad," said Stosur,
who beat Monica Puig 6-1, 6-1. "I ve
got a guard on there so that if I hit
myself it s not going to hurt so bad."
Stosur said she fell while doing box
So much for Isner-Mahut redux
in first round
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament
against Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, yesterday. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-
2, 6-4. AP PHOTO
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