{
    "title": "Wawrinka loses to world No 259",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/StanWawrinka180214PlaysG300.jpg",
    "body": "<P>Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka blew a one-set lead to fall 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to unfancied Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in a first-round shock at the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday. <\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe Swiss fifth seed slumped to another surprise defeat by an outsider, after losing in the Australian Open second round to Tennys Sandgren and in last week's Sofia Open semi-finals to Bosnian Mirza Basic.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nThe 32-year-old Wawrinka, the 2015 Rotterdam winner, is struggling to regain top form after a pair of summer knee operations.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nThe Swiss has now lost three matches and won three since returning in January.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nWorld number 259 Griekspoor, 21, earned the biggest success of his career as he competed in only his third ATP-level match.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nWawrinka's devastating single-handed backhand was of scant use to him on the night, with his movement still well below his best.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\n\"It was a tough day at the office,\" Wawrinka said. \"I still need a lot of work to get back.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\n\"There are a lot of ups and downs. Today was not my best day. He played well and went for it.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\n\"He played at a great level and deserved to win. I've got to be patient, I knew this would take a long time.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nFourth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium, last year's runner-up, brushed aside Nicolas Mahut in straight sets to reach the last 16.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nGoffin came through 6-1, 6-3 to post his fourth victory over the Frenchman in five meetings.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nThe world number seven Goffin totally dominated as he set up a second-round tie with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, winning in just 64 minutes.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nRoger Federer opens his campaign at the Ahoy Arena on Wednesday, with the Swiss looking to overtake Rafael Nadal and become the oldest-ever world number one by reaching the semifinals.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nEarlier on Tuesday, ninth seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg lost to Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (11\/9).<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\r\nSerb Viktor Troicki saw off Jan-Lennard Struff 1-6, 7-6 (7\/5), 6-2, while Struff's fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber fought back to beat Russia's Karen Khachanov 3-6, 7-6 (7\/1), 7-6 (7\/5).<\/p>\r\n<p>",
    "blurb": "Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka blew a one-set lead to fall 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to unfancied Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in a first-round shock at the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday.",
    "date": "2018-02-14T00:39:43",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "Stan Wawrinka \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "ATP",
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}