Up two units, fourth-seed Thiem was on monitor to beat journeyman Andújar comfortably, however his sport began to break down after he had a break level within the third and made 4 unforced errors in a row.
Andújar, ranked 68th on the planet, stored up the momentum and clawed his means again, holding serve to safe a victory almost 4 and a half hours later.
Earlier than the upset loss, Thiem hadn’t exited Roland Garros earlier than the quarterfinals since 2015, not to mention been defeated by a participant exterior the highest 30.
‘Not the true me’
Regardless of reaching the semifinals on the Madrid Masters this month, Thiem has but to rediscover his contact.
“I used to be not struggling in any respect with my motivation however the sport was simply not there right now,” he stated in a post-match press convention.
“Like all of the pictures are lacking energy. They don’t seem to be correct sufficient. I am transferring not nicely sufficient, so all the pieces in my sport, there are some percents lacking.”
Since stepping again on court docket, Thiem stated he was “actually practising nicely”, however felt “the pictures and all how I moved and all the pieces was simply not the true me […] it is a very powerful scenario.”
‘I believed in myself’
Andújar, who had crushed Roger Federer two weeks prior on the Gonet Geneva Open, stated, “I believed in myself as a result of I performed nicely two weeks in the past.”
“Successful right now in opposition to a participant like him is sort of a present, even when he has not been at his finest not too long ago, as a result of I am 35 and I do not know the way lengthy I will be enjoying for,” he added.
Thiem’s defeat was one in all quite a few upsets within the males’s draw on Sunday. sixteenth seeded Grigor Dimitrov’s Roland Garros marketing campaign got here to an early finish after he was pressured to retire in opposition to No. 84 Marcos Giron.