Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka completed a stirring comeback to avoid an upset in the first round at the French Open on Monday, but No. 2-seeded Andy Murray is behind in a match suspended in the fourth set because of darkness.
No. 3 seed Wawrinka rallied to defeat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Roland Garros, while Murray, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Italian Open in his most recent match, lost the first two sets against 37-year-old Radek Stepanek on Monday before getting himself back in the match. When the match was halted, Murray had taken a 4-2 lead in the fourth set after winning the third set, but still trailed 6-3 6-3 0-6 2-4.
Murray has not lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament since the 2008 Australian Open, and he will try to keep that streak alive when his match resumes Tuesday.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as well as nine-time French Open champion Nadal are scheduled to play their first-round matches Tuesday.
Showers over Paris forced the organizers to delay the start of Monday's second day by more than three hours after only 10 out of 32 matches were completed Sunday.
Wawrinka came close to becoming the first defending French Open champion in 48 years to go out in the first round.
The Swiss didn't look comfortable until early in the fourth set against his opponent from the Czech Republic.
Wawrinka carried his momentum into the fifth, breaking in the third game and going on to close out the win.
"A good victory, a good win," Wawrinka said. "It's never the best to start with a five-set match."
Wawrinka next plays No. 93 ranked Taro Daniel of Japan, who advanced when Martin Klizan of Slovakia retired with an injury while trailing 3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 3-0 in their first-round match.
Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan completed a 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Simone Bolelli of Italy in a match stopped by rain on Sunday night. Eighth seed Milos Raonic of Canada beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
French favorite Jeremy Chardy also moved into the second round. The 30th seed advanced past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and will face Czech Republic's Adam Pavlasek in the second round. Pavlasek beat Spaniard qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
American Jack Sock prevailed in the final set against Robin Haase of Belgium 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-2. The first-round match was tied at two sets apiece before rain postponed play on Sunday. In the second round, Sock will face German Dustin Brown, who outlasted Dudi Sela of Israel 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.
No. 15-seeded American John Isner split the first two sets with John Millman before that match was suspended for the day.
On the women's side, No. 4 seed Garbine Muguruza beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The match was one of the many postponed Sunday by inclement weather.
In the second round, Muguruza will face French wildcard Myrtille Georges, a 6-7 (7), 6-0, 6-3 winner over American Christina McHale.
Former finalist Simona Halep of Romania made quick work Nao Hibino of Japan 6-2, 6-0 in 45 minutes, and No. 2-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska easily beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-0, 6-2.