Wawrinka: 'Everything was terrible'
Stanislas Wawrinka said he was struggling to piece together the puzzle of life as a grand slam champion after crashing out of the French Open.
The Australian Open winner and third seed never looked comfortable in heavy conditions after a wet day in Paris and fell 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round.
When Wawrinka lifted his first Masters trophy in Monte Carlo last month it looked like he could potentially add the French Open crown to the one he so stunningly won in Melbourne in January.
But he was in trouble virtually from the start on Court Philippe Chatrier and became the first Australian Open champion to lose in the opening round in Paris since Petr Korda in 1998.
Wawrinka said: "I was completely flat. I was not really relaxed with my game. I wasn't aggressive. I was playing some bad rallies. Everything was terrible.
"I always put a lot of pressure on myself. But before the match and during the match it was not really about only the pressure.
"I think it's just a different story. Now it's a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together, but differently than in the past.
"Because now it's after winning grand slam, Masters 1000, being number three in the world. Everything is different, and I still didn't find all the pieces."
There were no alarms for either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic as they eased into the second round.
Many eyebrows had been raised when Monday's order of play was released showing eight-time champion and world number one Nadal opening his campaign on Suzanne Lenglen, Roland Garros' second court.
It was certainly strange scheduling but Nadal found the surroundings much to his liking as he dispatched American wild card Robby Ginepri 6-0 6-3 6-0.
Predictably, he insisted he did not feel snubbed, saying: "It doesn't really matter a lot. Always playing Roland Garros is a pleasure for me, it's a real honour and a special feeling.
"I started on Lenglen this year - it's a great court. I am not sure, but probably next one I'm going to play on Chatrier."
The only gripe from Nadal, who next meets exciting 20-year-old Dominic Thiem, was about the condition of the court.
There were two lengthy delays for rain but mostly play continued despite the bad weather.
Nadal said: "The balls were very heavy, very wet. Why don't they dry the court before we start playing? The court is soaked with water. Why don't they do anything?"
Djokovic, who was given a spot on Philippe Chatrier for his 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Joao Sousa, played through the worst of the conditions and also felt the court was not protected enough.
The second seed said: "In my opinion there were a few times today they maybe should have covered the court earlier. I'm talking for the court's sake, for a good condition, because it was a lot of rain."
During a third, brief break for rain the players remained on the court and Djokovic entertained the crowd by inviting a ball boy to sit with him under his umbrella.
"I felt it was something I should do and make a new friend," said Djokovic, who next plays talented Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
"He accepted the offer to sit down, which I didn't think he would do. So he's a very spontaneous little boy, and I hope I see him at my next match."
Joining Wawrinka in exiting the tournament was ninth seed Kei Nishikori, who had been a doubt because of a back injury and went out 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 6-2 to Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
The Japanese player has been one of the stars of the season and had led Nadal by a set and a break in the Madrid final earlier this month before being struck down with the back problem.
He said: "I was playing well on clay in Europe, so it's very sad for me to lose first round here."
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, equalling the most games in a final set at the French Open.
There were also wins for Fabio Fognini, Marin Cilic, Ernests Gulbis and Gilles Simon.