Wawrinka was forced to defend a pair of break points at two-all in the fourth, with the Swiss then ripping a trademark cross-court backhand passing shot to move 5-3 ahead and send the contest to a fifth set.
Last Friday, he prevailed in three sets in the semifinals of the event in Geneva, Switzerland. "I also played him this year in the Australian Open", he said. Wawrinka'll no doubt want that form to continue in his first round match against Lukas Rosol in Paris. That day, he produced what he called "certainly one of the best matches of my career - if not the best". However, Wawrinka eventually turned things in his favour.
After returning to the court, Stepanek changed shirts, drawing a warning for wasting time.
While Stepanek can rest and regroup before resuming his bid to make Murray the tournament's first No. 2 seed to bow out in the first round since Pete Sampras in 2000, Rosol had no such opportunity to gather himself.
"A little bit of the pressure is off after you lose". Even his terrific backhand was problematic, including one shank that ended the third set.
Screaming in anger and hitting her racket on the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier, Petra Kvitova came close to an early exit at the French Open on the first day of the Grand Slam tournament.
It was touch and go for a while, though, as Rosol, who famously beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon second round in 2012, threatened another huge upset on a damp and dreary day that began two hours late because of heavy rain.
"This is central Paris, and I'm sure that you too are appreciative of the unique charm of the location". In his column in Le Parisien, Murray said: "I could ignore the pain, but after two years of struggling and periods where life was really hard, I had lost the desire to play".
Sixth-seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep thrashed Japan's Nao Hibino 6-2, 6-0, while Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria knocked out Italy's 16th seed Sara Errani 6-3 6-2. I really tried to be good physically. (Usually it's two.) However, on-site construction means the tournament is down three match courts this year versus others and needs every playable moment it can get. Tipsarevic had 29 unforced errors. My tennis is there and I'm ready to play my first match.
Cilic is the highest-ranked player in the men's draw to be out of the second grand slam of the year after Argentine Trungelliti beat the 10th seed 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-4 6-2 on Court 2.