Stan Wawrinka’s Roland Garros preparations hit the kids after he was dumped out of the Geneva Open by Damir Dzumhur on Wednesday.
The three-time Grand Slam winner started strongly but faded badly before sinking to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat.
“It looked good, but it didn’t finish well,” Wawrinka said. It was a tough match out there for sure.
“Again, this is typical the match that I’m still losing, still missing.
“I know I’m playing well, I’m moving well, but maybe I think a bit too much with what I want to do, how I want to do it, and I don’t play simple enough.
“Those little moments in the second set and third set turned the match. That’s what I’m working forward to change up.
“Even if I lost today, in general I’m playing well, so I need to keep pushing myself, keep trying to find a way to win those tight match, and I know that things can change quickly.”
Elsewhere, fourth seed Marton Fucsovics was upset 6-4, 6-2 by Federerico Delbonis, and third seed Christian Garin suffered a similar disappointment at the hands of Taro Daniel.
Radu Albot, the number five seed, had too much for Juan Ignacio Londero, though.
In Lyon, former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from behind to beat Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
“It was good for me to play a long match like this,” Tsonga said. “I haven’t played a match this long for a while. I am not playing my best level, but I am giving everything mentally and that gives me confidence.”
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Novak Djokovic yet to make a decision.
Andy Murray tipped to be a dark horse at US Open by Annabel Croft.
Zverev and Ferrer to link up for trial period.
Novak Djokovic has his say.
Robin Soderling opens up.
Episode 156 for the Adria Tour drama.
A mouthful from Dominic Thiem.