Dominic Thiem gave away a two-set lead as the fourth seed fell in a Sunday upset loss to Pablo Andujar 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, with the Spaniard earning one of the two best wins of his career.

The 35-year-old winner had only days ago stunned Roger Federer on Swiss clay in Geneva at the ATP event.,

The epic Paris match lasted for four and a half hours through the afternoon on the Chatrier showcourt and threatened to wreck the day’s schedule for fans with  a 9.p.m. curfew in place due to COVID restrictions.

Dominic Thiem crashes out in first round to Pablo Andujar. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“I believed in myself and the win over Roger gave me confidence,” the Spanish winner said. “I also knew that Dominic had not been at his best.”

Thiem played finals here against Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2019 but has gone off the boil mentaly since winning the US Open last September.


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