Daniel Nestor, from Toronto, and new partner Robert Lindstedt of Sweden lost their second-round match. Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy and Florent Serra of France advanced with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory.
It was Nestor’s worst result at Roland Garros since he was ousted in the second round in 2006.
The third-seeded Nestor and Lindstedt lost in 75 minutes to snap Nestor’s 19-match win streak in Paris.
Nestor had claimed the French Open title the previous three years – with Nenad Zimonjic in 2010 and Max Mirnyi in 2011 and 2012 – and owns four trophies overall. He has also played in three other finals (1998, 2002 and ‘08).
“Nothing went right for us.” said Nestor. “The best comparison is to a boxing match, where you get pounded early.
“They came out swinging and we were on our heels the whole time.”
The loss was the first in Paris for the 40-year-old Canadian since he and Zimonjic were beaten in the 2009 semifinals by Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes.
“They didn’t do anything to surprise us, we weren’t making shots,” Nestor said. “In the first game they hit four winners to break and that set the tone.
“They were hitting big shots and we were just hanging on. When we needed to make shots, we didn’t.”
Nestor admitted it was tough to lose in Paris, saying “It was a good run.”
Nestor and Lindstedt broke twice but lost serve three times in the tight match.