It is the first “big” name to take the door at Roland-Garros, from the start of the tournament. Austria’s Dominic Thiem was beaten in five sets on Sunday May 30 by Spaniard Pablo Andujar.
Dominic Thiem had started his match well, pocketing the first two sets (4-6, 5-7). But he then collapsed, yielding three sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) to his opponent, 75e World Cup, who beat Roger Federer in the second round of the Geneva tournament on May 18.
It must be said that the world number 4, double finalist of the French tournament (2018 and 2019), did not arrive in Paris in the best conditions. He had not really shone in his previous matches in recent weeks on clay: in Lyon, last week, he was also eliminated as soon as he entered the running.
But, above all, the Austrian is having a complicated season. Physically. But also and above all on a psychological level. Package for the tournaments in Miami, Monte-Carlo and Belgrade in the spring, he had to treat his left knee in particular.
In a daily interview Der Standard, he also told of the depression he suffered after winning his first Grand Slam title, in 2020, at the US Open, and then having to deal with tournaments under bubble due to the Covid epidemic. “In preparing for this season, I fell into a hole. And I think the pandemic just adds to everything else. We play in empty stadiums ”, he explained.