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French Open: Dominic Thiem Stunned In First Round As Pablo Andujar Stages Incredible Comeback

Dominic Thiem's bid to reach the final of the French Open for a third time was ended in the first round by Pablo Andujar

French Open: Dominic Thiem Stunned In First Round As Pablo Andujar Stages Incredible Comeback
Austria's Dominic Thiem walks off the court after losing to Spain's Pablo Andujar in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Sunday, May 30, 2021 in Paris. | AP Photo/Christophe Ena
French Open: Dominic Thiem Stunned In First Round As Pablo Andujar Stages Incredible Comeback
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2021-05-30T22:44:53+05:30

Dominic Thiem crashed out of the French Open in the first round as the US Open champion and two-time Roland Garros finalist suffered a stunning loss to Pablo Andujar. (More Tennis News)

Thiem looked to be easing to a routine win on the opening day of main draw singles action in Paris, having claimed the first two sets.

However, Andujar staged a remarkable fightback to end the world number four's bid for a third appearance in the final.

The Spaniard claimed a 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 win, his first victory over a top-five opponent at the age of 35.

Thiem hit 66 winners over the course of an epic that lasted four hours and 28 minutes, but his efforts were undermined by 61 unforced errors to Andujar's 47.

It is another low point in an underwhelming year to this point for the fourth seed, who has won only nine of his 17 matches in 2021.

And it is a result that opens up the bottom half of the men's singles draw, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all in the top half.

Andujar, who has never progressed beyond the third round at Roland Garros, will face Radu Albot or Federico Delbonis in round two.

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