Roland-Garros has had its first major upset after two-time runner-up Dominic Thiem was knocked out in the first round by Spanish journeyman Pablo Andujar.
Thiem went down 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 after having never lost in the first round before as Andujar went for his shots and unsettled his 27-year-old opponent.
Thiem, who reached the final in Paris in 2018 and 2019, broke back after going down a break in the first game of the final set, but Andujar, who beat 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in Geneva earlier this month, didn’t let up and broke again for 3-2.
The 35-year-old, ranked 68th in the world, then held his serve down the stretch and limited his error count which couldn’t be said for Thiem, who made a total of 66 unforced errors.
“I was not struggling at all with my motivation but the game was just not there today,” he said.
“Like all the shots are missing power. They are not accurate enough. I’m moving not well enough, so everything in my game there are some percents missing.”
Andujar, said after beating Federer on the Geneva clay his confidence is sky high.
“I believed in myself because I played well (against Federer) two weeks ago. Usually being drawn against Thiem is a bad draw,” the Spaniard said.
“Winning today against a player like him is like a gift, even if he has not been at his best recently, because I’m 35 and I don’t know how long I’m going to be playing for.
“Beating Roger was an even bigger gift. I feel like Father Christmas came to my home.”
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