Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem claimed he wasn’t lacking motivation during his French Open first round clash but admitted that his game simply wasn’t there.
Thiem, seeded at No. 4, blew a two-set lead on the opening day of the French Open as world No. 68 Andujar claimed a 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over the Austrian.
“I was not struggling at all with my motivation, but the game was just not there today,” Thiem said after the match, per Tennis Majors. “Like all the shots are missing power. They are not accurate enough. I’m moving not well enough, so everything in my game there are some percents missing…. It’s just not good enough at the moment. And, yeah, it’s very tough situation.
“It’s amazing to reach such a big goal (of a Grand Slam title), but at the same time something is different after. As I said before the tournament, it’s a big learning process. Despite the loss — which hurts so much — I still hope I can bounce back stronger than before.
“But right now I don’t know when the moment is coming.”
Andujar created a stunning comeback against Thiem
Thiem broke Andujar in the opening game of the match and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
Thiem twice blew a break in the second set but made no mistake on his serve in the 12th after claiming his third break of the set a game earlier.
However, Andujar refused to quit as he broke Thiem in the eighth game before serving out for the third set in the ninth game.
Thiem got one break back in the fourth set but couldn’t get back the second break as Andujar served out for the set in the 10th game.
Andujar blew an early fifth set break but broke Thiem again in the fifth game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to complete a comeback win.