Unheralded Griekspoor ousts Wawrinka at Rotterdam

Stan Wawrinka obviously has a long way to go to rediscover his form.

The fifth-seeded Wawrinka was sent packing in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday when 259th-ranked Tallon Griekspoor outclassed him with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The victory was the first in an ATP tourney for the 21-year-old Dutchman, who controlled the final two sets.

"Unbelievable, I have no words for it, beating such a great champion," Griekspoor said.

Wawrinka underwent knee surgery seven months ago and is still trying to get his fitness -- and tennis skills -- back in order.

"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."

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Belgian David Goffin had few issues while rolling to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over lucky loser Nicolas Mahut of France. Goffin needed just 64 minutes to win the match.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev also pulled off an upset by dispatching ninth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-6 (9).

In other Tuesday matches, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Russian Karen Khachanov 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5); Serbia's Viktor Troicki defeated Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2; and Serbia's Filip Krajinovic was a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 winner over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, the top seed, plays his first match of the tournament on Wednesday against Belgian Ruben Bemelmans.

--Field Level Media

02/13/2018 19:27

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