ATP Challenger Tour: Stan Wawrinka falls in straight sets after returning from injury Three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka suffered a straight-set loss Tuesday at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Marbella, Spain, on his return to competition after being sidelined for more than a year with injury at the foot. Follow ATP Challenger Tour updates on Insidesport.IN

Former world number three Wawrinka lost 6-2 6-4 to Sweden’s 131 Elias Ymer in the clay-court event where former US Open champion Dominic Thiem is also making his comeback from injury at the wrist he suffered last year.

ATP Challenger Tour: Stan Wawrinka falls in straight sets after returning from injury

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Wawrinka, who turned 37 on Monday, injured his foot in early 2021 and underwent surgery. Prior to the loss to Ymer, he hadn’t played since his first defeat at the Qatar Open in early March last year.

The Swiss, who slipped to 232nd in the table due to his long injury absence, lost his first and last service games in the first set against Ymer but came back strong to take a 4-1 lead in the second.

But to Wawrinka’s frustration, Ymer won the next five matches on the trot to seal his victory. Wawrinka received a wildcard for the main draw at next month’s ATP Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo, where he lifted the trophy in 2014.

ATP Challenger Tour: Stan Wawrinka falls in straight sets after returning from injury

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