‘Andujarazo’ at Roland Garros with the victory of Pablo Andújar on Dominic Thiem, double finalist (2018, 2019) and double semi-finalist in Paris (2016, 2017).
Therefore, the Spanish tennis player has given the bell by eliminating one of the great favorites, the world No. 4, after coming back two sets against before winning in five sets: 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6 -4 and 6-4 in 4h. 28 ‘. Federico Delbonis or Radu Albot will be his rival in the 2nd round.
Thiem, 27 years old and current champion of the Open USA, arrived with doubts in Paris after a discreet tour on land and Andújar knew how to delve into that wound to gradually believe that the surprise on the track Philippe Chatrier it was possible.
The Austrian opened his account in the ‘majors’ at the 2020 US Open and his results in recent years in Paris placed him as a possible alternative to the Nadal dictatorship, whose numbers seem unreal no matter how true they are: 13 titles, 100 victories and only two losses.
Thiem was a semifinalist in the Madrid Masters 1,000, but unexpected defeats in Rome (Sonego) and Lyon (Norrie) opened some unknowns about his performance in Paris. Andújar, always a warrior on clay, gave the answer from the outset: the Austrian was not at his usual level at Roland Garros this time.
Pablo, 35 years old and world No. 68, thus achieved the first victory of his extensive career over a world top-5 just two weeks after another indelible victory for him against Roger Federer, in Geneva, where the Murcian finally reached the semifinals, beaten there by the Norwegian Casper Ruud, another fit player on clay.