Stan Wawrinka narrowly avoided becoming the first defending champion to lose in the first round of the French Open, coming back to edge 59th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.
The third-seeded Wawrinka was out of sorts for most of the match on a gray, chilly afternoon, winding up with 46 unforced errors, 17 on his preferred backhand wing.
But after trailing 2-1 in sets, Wawrinka took the last two to win what shaped up beforehand as a mismatch in his favor.
Wawrinka is a two-time Grand Slam title winner, while Rosol never has been past the third round at a major tournament.
Plus, Wawrinka had won all four previous matches between the two, including Friday on red clay at Geneva.