Spaniard Pablo Andújar (68th in the ATP ranking) left Austrian Dominic Thiem (4th) by the wayside this Sunday in the first round of Roland Garros, one of the favorites for the Parisian Grand Slam, in which he had never lost in the first round.
Andújar, 35, defeated the double finalist at Roland Garros 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 after almost four and a half hours of play on the court.
This was the first time in his 17-year career that Andújar came back two sets against to end up winning.
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«Es un momento muy especial porque tengo 35 años y no sé cuánto más voy a jugar», afirmó Andújar, que desde 2015 no había derrotado a un tenista del top-10 mundial, hasta que lo hiciese la semana pasada en Ginebra ante Roger Federer (8º).
For the Austrian it was his first first round elimination at the Parisian Grand Slam, and in his last five appearances at Roland Garros he had reached at least the quarter-finals, being a finalist in 2018 and 2019.
This year he had another favorable opportunity to reach high heights in the table, after being framed in the part of the table in which Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are not.
Andújar will try to extend his epic in Paris against the Argentine Federico Delbonis or the Moldovan Radu Albot.