As a young beginner, the Spanish Pablo Andújar savored the victory achieved in the first round of Roland Garros against the Austrian Dominic Thiem, one of the best of his career, and still without believing much that he had eliminated the 4 of the world he was quick to affirm you have to put your feet on the ground.
“They are gifts that tennis gives you, the race. I’m a guy who’s never been on the covers, in the big lights. For me, these victories are as if Santa Claus had come ”, he assured shortly after having defeated 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4 the finalist of the 2018 and 2019 editions.
A triumph that came two weeks after he beat Swiss Roger Federer in Geneva, in which he assures that it is the most important victory of his career, because he had “a myth” in front of him. “Winning Roger two weeks ago has made me believe today, at another time that third set I do not continue to believe that I could win it,” he said.
Andújar did not want to downplay his victory against Thiem, although the Austrian was not going through his best moment, especially from a mental point of view. For this reason, he immediately came to encourage him, as he always does with his rivals because, he says, he knows well what it means to lose.
Until this sunny afternoon in Paris, he had never come back two sets against and against or won a top-five in his career, which gives the win an enormous dimension.
“I have to go back down to earth. I am lucky to have two days to enjoy. Face it like when I beat Roger: the next day I had to play fourth in Geneva. You have to try to return as soon as possible, to the same situation as before the game, and face the second round just like this one. It is mental work that must be done to concentrate, ”he said.
Andújar knows that he has progressed, although at 35 he is not sure what the reasons for this improvement are. “You work to improve certain things, but you don’t know what you’ve done differently. You’ve been working to make it seem more liberated. I am quite moody and emotional, and I try to stay calm. I have managed to manage the important points ”, he pointed out.
A good part of these changes was introduced during an injury: “the bad thing about the injury is that I stopped for a long time. But the good thing is that I have learned to enjoy all the tournaments that I play. For me, playing against Thiem on the Philippe Chatrier court is a gift and that makes him calmer afterwards ”.