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Wawrinka loses to world No. 259 in Rotterdam

AFP  |  Rotterdam 

Three-time Grand Slam champion blew a one-set lead to fall 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to unfancied Dutchman in a first-round shock at the Rotterdam Open.

The Swiss fifth seed slumped to another surprise defeat by an outsider, after losing in second round to Tennys Sandgren and in last week's semi-finals to Bosnian

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


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

World number 259 Griekspoor, 21, earned the biggest success of his career as he competed in only his third ATP-level match.

Wawrinka's devastating single-handed 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 of Belgium, last year's runner-up, brushed aside 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.

opens his campaign at the on Wednesday, with the Swiss looking to overtake and become the oldest-ever world number one by reaching the semi-finals.

Earlier on Tuesday, ninth seed of lost to Russian 6-4, 7-6 (11/9).

Serb saw off 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, while Struff's fellow German fought back to beat Russia's 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 10:25 IST
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