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Wawrinka slumps to Swiss Indoors 1st round loss

Wawrinka's tour finals prospects hit by Swiss Indoors 1st round loss to Roger-Vasselin

France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin returns a ball to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tourname...
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns a ball to Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tourn...

Switzerland Tennis Swiss Indoors

France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin returns a ball to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tourname...

Switzerland Tennis Swiss Indoors

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns a ball to Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tourn...

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Stanislas Wawrinka's prospects of playing in his first ATP World Tour Finals were damaged Tuesday by a 6-4, 6-3 first-round loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin at the Swiss Indoors.

The eighth-ranked Swiss struggled with his service, landing barely one-third of his first serves.

At age 29, Roger-Vasselin of France got his first career victory against a top-10 player.

Wawrinka, a U.S. Open semifinalist last month, is eighth in the points race to secure a place in the eight-man finals lineup in London next month.

The ninth-placed player after next week's Paris Masters will advance, because Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has ended his season following back surgery.

Still, Wawrinka is under pressure from Frenchmen Richard Gasquet, who begins in Basel Wednesday, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


Updated : 2021-04-14 08:08 GMT+08:00