Lukas Rosol made defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka work — and work some more — to get to Round 2 at Roland Garros. Wawrinka needed three-plus hours to send the big (6’5″) Czech packing, finally emerging 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Wawrinka looked to have found his form after a slow start, vanquishing Rosol in the second set 6-1 after dropping the first. But Rosol showed a desire to hang around Paris, and he surprised the crowd — and probably Wawrinka — with a 6-3 third set victory. Rosol, 30, is ranked 59th in the world. Despite defending the title, Wawrinka entered the French Open as the No. 3 seed. The two-time major winner made 46 unforced errors, but finally righted the ship.
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— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 23, 2016