Stanislas Wawrinka ousted; Rafael Nadal advances at French Open

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Paris, France (4E Sports) – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez recorded the biggest upset yet at the French Open, ousting world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, Monday in the first round at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka committed 62 unforced errors to 28 for Garcia-Lopez to become the first reigning Australian Open champion to bow out in the first round of Roland Garros since Petr Korda in 1998.

Meanwhile, defending champion Rafael Nadal opened his French Open campaign with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Robby Ginepri Monday, improving his record at Roland Garros to an amazing 60-1.

Nadal raced through the opening set in 29 minutes, after winning the first game on a Ginepri double fault on his fifth break point chance.

Ginepri held his first three service game of the second set before the top seed pulled away for good, rolling through the last 10 games to clinch the win.

The 27-year-old Nadal, who is looking to become the first player to win the Roland Garros title five straight times, will next face Austrian young gun Dominic Thiem.

The 20-year-old Thiem, playing in just his second major, made his Roland Garros debut with a 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Second seed Novak Djokovic joined Nadal in the second round after ousting Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. He will next take on Jeremy Chardy.

Meanwhile, ninth seed Kei Nishikori has become the first major casualty at Roland Garros after he was ousted by world No. 59 Martin Klizan, 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-2, in the first round.

No. 17 Tommy Robredo beat James Ward — the first British man to qualify for Roland Garros since John Lloyd in 1973 — 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Robredo will play Kenny de Schepper, who advanced after Spaniard Albert Montanes retired from the match.

Other winners were Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire, Roberto Bautista Agut, Mikhail Kukushkin, Marin Cilic, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Jiri Vesely.

On the women’s side, Maria Sharapova needed only 61 minutes to defeat compatriot Ksenia Pervak, 6-1, 6-2.

In other matches, 12th seed Flavia Pennetta downed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, 6-2, 6-2; 16th seed Sabine Lisicki defeated Fiona Ferro, 6-1, 7-5; while Dominika Cibulkova edged Virginie Razzano, 7-5, 6-0.

Other winners were Pauline Parmentier, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Alize Cornet and Elena Vesnina.

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