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Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka loses in 1st round of French Open to Garcia-Lopez

  • Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka wipes his face as he plays Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during the first round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka wipes his face as he plays Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez serves to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during the first round match of  the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez serves to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost in the first round at the French Open on Monday, surprised by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

The third-seeded Wawrinka was playing his first Grand Slam match as a major champion, but he faded against his 41st-ranked opponent.

Wawrinka was a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros last year, and he won a clay-court title at Monte Carlo last month, beating pal Roger Federer in the final. Wawrinka and Federer won a doubles gold medal together for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Garcia-Lopez has never been past the third round at a Grand Slam tournament.