The German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies bowed out of Monte Carlo early – as did the Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka.
“That was probably nothing,” Krawietz/Mies must have thought after their botched start to the clay court season. They were on court for just one hour and 16 minutes before their early exit was already sealed. They lost 3:6 and 5:7 to the US duo Taylor Fritz/Sebastian Korda at the ATP Masters in Monte Carlo.
For the German doubles team, which is trying to find its old strength after Mies’ long injury break, a negative trend continues – it was the fifth first-round defeat in a row.
In the singles competition, Stan Wawrinka presented himself in good form at times, but against Alexander Bublik from Kazakhstan, the Swiss player ran out of steam a bit in the end at 6:3, 5:7, 2:6. Bublik himself admitted afterwards that he had been lucky to win. “He wasn’t fit enough,” said the world number 36, referring to the Swiss, who is currently 200 places lower, and admitted: “I didn’t deserve the win.” Wawrinka himself was not dissatisfied despite the elimination and sees himself “on the right track” again after an injury break of more than a year.