French Open 2014: Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori both suffer early exits in Paris
Last Updated: 26/05/14 10:10pm
Stan Wawrinka: Had won on clay in Monte Carlo earlier this year
Stan Wawrinka was an early casualty at this year's French Open, the third seed falling to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round in Paris.
Spaniard Garcia-Lopez triumphed 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0, coping better with the heavy conditions after Roland Garros had been beset by weather issues throughout the second day.
"I'm really sad but I can't change it and I just have to accept it and think about the future."
Wawrinka had won the Monte Carlo Masters on clay to suggest he could go far in his bid to add to the Australian Open title he captured earlier in the year.
However the 29-year-old looked well below his best on Court Philippe Chatrier, allowing his dangerous opponent to come out on top and set up a match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino next.
"I'm really sad but I can't change it and I just have to accept it and think about the future," said Wawrinka afterwards.
"The grass court season is coming up and there's still a lot to think about for the rest of the year but I don't have the answers right now as to what happened."
Kei Nishikori also crashed out in the first round after being beaten in straight sets by Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
The ninth seed - who won on the clay in Barcelona recently and also got to the final of the Madrid Open - still appeared hindered by a recent back injury as he succumbed to a 6-7 (4-7) 1-6 2-6 defeat.
Indeed, it was the 24-year-old's first competitive appearance since he was forced to withdraw from the Madrid final against Rafael Nadal.
The Japanese star looked some way short of full fitness in cold, damp conditions on Court 1 at Roland Garros on Monday and was broken straight away as Klizan opened an early 2-0 lead.
Nishikori did rally to get himself 5-3 ahead, but his opponent would dominate from that point and won 10 of the next 12 games to move two sets up.
Klizan then broke in the second and fifth games of the third set on the way to a convincing victory, eventually getting the job done in one hour and 57 minutes.
There were no such problems for seeded pair Fabio Fognini and Ernests Gulbis, as they recorded respective wins over Andreas Beck and Lukasz Kubot. Gilles Simon, ranked 29th on home soil, saw off Croatian Ante Pavic in a hurry.
Meanwhile, there was a remarkable win for Argentinian qualifier Facundo Bagnis, who marked his Grand Slam debut by defeating France's Julien Benneteau 6-1 6-2 1-6 3-6 18-16. The marathon match equalled the most games in a final set at the tournament.