Title hopefuls fail to live up to hype
“But life goes on, it’s not a tragedy. In Rome I played fantastic, I won the tournament. Here I played bad, I lost first round. That’s the way it goes.”
In a match controversially suspended on Monday at one set each, Zverev was defeated in a fog of mistakes and despondency.
The beanpole German committed 50 unforced errors and drew jeers from the Philippe Chatrier court crowd when he took out his frustration by hammering his racquet into the clay.
Left-handed Verdasco, playing his 14th Roland Garros and 56th seed Johanna 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Johanna is the second top 10 woman to lose in the first three days after World No 1 Angelique Kerber was also dumped out in the first round.
“I tried very hard and gave myself a big chance. Every time I tried to run as fast as I can and get the ball back,” said Su Wei, who won for the just the second time in seven trips to Roland Garros.
Johanna has yet to win one match in the main draw in three attempts.
Meanwhile, World No 1 Andy Murray overcame a second-set blip to defeat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Top seed Murray finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros a year ago and will play Martin Klizan of Slovakia for a place in the last 32.