French Open 2021: Pablo Andujar stuns Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller to enter second round- Pablo Andujar on Sunday once again showed his class in a five-set thrilling contest to defeat World No.4, Dominic Thiem. He came back to win the final three sets to progress to the second round of French Open 2021. The epic battle lasted for 4 hours and 28 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier with the scorecard 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 ending in the favour of the Spaniard. It was also Andujar’s first win over Dominic Thiem in the last four meetings.
“I believed in myself because I played well (against Federer) two weeks ago. Usually being drawn against Thiem is a bad draw,” the Spaniard told Reuters.
“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,” he added.
Dominic Thiem, the 2020 US Open champ, was the only past Grand Slam champ on the side open bottom half of French Open men’s draw.
“I was not struggling at all with my motivation but the game was just not there today,” he said as quoted by Reuters.
“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,” he added.
Thiem vs Andujar: It is worth mentioning that Andujar defeated Federer in the Geneva Open earlier this month.
Pablo Andujar is ranked no. 68 and is coming into this after reaching the semifinals in Geneva, which was best also his result of the current season, where he lost 6-3 6-2 to Ruud. Pablo has an overall 9-10 win-loss record in 2021, 8-7 on clay.
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