“I am not adequate for the time being”. These had been the phrases Dominic Thiem used to explain his play in a 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Pablo Andujar on Sunday at Roland Garros. In a match that took practically 4 and a half hours to finish, the Spaniard got here again to take out the world no. 4.
Thiem, who has performed nicely in Paris previously and received his first grand slam in New York final fall, couldn’t maintain a 2-0 set lead. He, certainly, didn’t play nicely sufficient to shut it out within the last three units.
Thiem pointed to some key components that had been off as he seemed again on the match. “I used to be not struggling in any respect with my motivation, however [my] sport was simply not there right now,” he stated. “All of the photographs had been lacking energy. They weren’t correct sufficient. I am not transferring nicely sufficient.”
In equity, he was going through the person who simply defeated Roger Federer in Geneva earlier this month and has been taking part in stable tennis.
Andujar seized the momentum of the match within the third set and by no means seemed again as he gained management, pressured Thiem into errors, and made him look unconfident.
Regardless of profitable the US Open in 2020, the Austrian has not discovered his groove this yr as he holds only a 9-8 total report. The 2-time Roland Garros finalist will look to rebound. “Dropping after being up two units to [love] may be very unusual to me and I’ve to research it and take into consideration what’s unsuitable. After which after all attempt to hit again as quickly as attainable. It does really feel very robust, as since 2016 I used to be used to taking part in very deep on this match.”
In the meantime, the 35-year-old Andujar will face the winner of the Delbonis-Albot match within the second spherical.