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Defending champ Stan Wawrinka avoids historic French Open upset

Defending champ Stan Wawrinka avoids historic French Open upset

So, Stan Wawrinka was asked, were you aware that in the long history of the French Open, no defending champion ever had lost in the first round?

“No,” Wawrinka replied quickly, arms crossed, the hint of a smirk on his face. After waiting a comedic beat, he said with a chuckle: “And it's still not the case, so it's good.”

Sure, by then it was easy for the 2015 champion at Roland Garros to kid around, because he barely avoided making the sort of history no athlete would embrace. Eventually warming up on a gray, chilly afternoon, and twice coming back from a set down, Wawrinka edged 59th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3,...

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