Spanish tennis veteran Pablo Andujar, 35, noted that the win over Roger Federer gave him confidence for the French Open. Andujar, ranked at No. 68 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Federer in the Geneva round-of-16 two weeks ago.
On Sunday, Andujar kicked off his French Open campaign with a stunning win as he recovered from two sets down to beat Dominic Thiem 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4. "Beating Federer gave me confidence. Those victories (Federer, Thiem) are the one I'm enjoying the most.
I had good 2014, 2015 years, yes. Maybe I have less legs but I play better tennis and I'm enjoying more," Andujar said, per Tennis Majors. Federer is a record 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1. "The greatest victory of my career ? For me it's Federer, in Geneva.
To my eyes, he is a myth," Andujar said.
Andujar completed a stunning comeback against Thiem
After losing the opening two sets, Andujar broke Thiem in the eighth game of the third set and served out for the set in the ninth game.
Andujar then claimed two early breaks in the fourth set, before serving out for a decider in the 10th game. After breaking Thiem in the eighth game of the fifth set, Andujar held on to his serve the rear of the set to seal the win.
"I was not struggling at all with my motivation, but the game was just not there today,” Thiem said. “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”. Thiem has been struggling with his form ever since he captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
"With all the effort needed to win his 1st major @ThiemDomi has not managed to get his form back yet. For most players it takes at least a year to adjust after winning their first major. He will be back stronger as a player.
Well done too @AndujarPablo for another great win," former British tennis player Greg Rusedski said in a Twitter post.