Wawrinka crashes to Dutch­man

New Straits Times - - SPORT -

ROT­TER­DAM: Three-time Grand Slam cham­pion Stan Wawrinka blew a one-set lead to fall 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to un­fan­cied Dutch­man Tal­lon Griek­spoor in a first-round shock at the Rot­ter­dam Open on Tues­day.

The Swiss fifth seed slumped to an­other sur­prise de­feat by an out­sider, af­ter los­ing in the Aus­tralian Open sec­ond round to Ten­nys Sand­gren and in last week’s Sofia Open semi-fi­nals to Bos­nian Mirza Ba­sic.

The 32-year-old Wawrinka, the 2015 Rot­ter­dam win­ner, is strug­gling to re­gain top form af­ter a pair of sum­mer knee op­er­a­tions.

The Swiss has now lost three matches and won three since re­turn­ing in Jan­uary.

World No 259 Griek­spoor, 21, earned the big­gest suc­cess of his ca­reer as he com­peted in only his third ATP-level match.

Wawrinka’s dev­as­tat­ing sin­gle­handed back­hand was of scant use to him on the night, with his move­ment still well be­low his best.

“It was a tough day at the of­fice,” Wawrinka said. “I still need a lot of work to get back.

“There are a lot of ups and downs. To­day was not my best day. He played well and went for it.“He played at a great level and de­served to win. I’ve got to be pa­tient, I knew this would take a long time.”

Fourth-seeded David Gof­fin of Bel­gium, last year’s run­ner-up, brushed aside Ni­co­las Mahut in straight sets to reach the last 16.

Gof­fin came through 6-1, 6-3 to post his fourth vic­tory over the French­man in five meet­ings.

The world num­ber seven Gof­fin to­tally dom­i­nated as he set up a sec­ond-round tie with Spa­niard Feli­ciano Lopez, win­ning in just 64 min­utes.

Roger Fed­erer opened his cam­paign at the Ahoy Arena late yes­ter­day, with the Swiss look­ing to over­take Rafael Nadal and be­come the old­est-ever world num­ber one by reach­ing the semi-fi­nals.

Ear­lier on Tues­day, ninth seed Gilles Muller of Lux­em­bourg lost to Rus­sian qual­i­fier Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).

Serb Vik­tor Troicki saw off JanLen­nard Struff 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, while Struff’s fel­low Ger­man Philipp Kohlschreiber fought back to beat Rus­sia’s Karen Khachanov 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5).

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