(May 26, 2014) Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost his first match at a major since winning a major falling to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 on center court on Monday.
Wawrinka is the first Australian Open champion to lose in the first round of the next Roland Garros since Petr Korda did in 1998, the Swiss was a Roland Garros quarterfinalist last year.
The last Grand Slam champion to lose in the opening of their next major was current Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal at 2013 Wimbledon.
Wawrinka is the first first-time men’s Grand Slam winner to lose in the first round of their next major since Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round at the 2002 Australian Open having won the 2001 US Open.
Wawrinka committed 61 unforced errors and won only 54 percent of the points on his first serve.
“It’s a tough loss,” said the world No. 3. “But Sometimes you need to have some tough one to see exactly where you want to go and how you’re gonna do it.”
“I was trying to find my game, trying to be aggressive, trying to find anything, and I didn’t.”
“I need to put the puzzle back together, but differently than in the past,” Wawrinka added, “because now …after winning a Grand Slam, (Monte Carlo), being No. 3 in the world – everything is different.”
No. 41 Garcia-Lopez said, “I think what made him lose is he was not very strong mentally – and I was.”
“I played my game, on my terms.”