Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar staged a remarkable comeback to defeat the two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a memorable contest that lasted almost four-and-a-half hours.

No.4 seed Dominic Thiem lets a two-set lead slip as Pablo Andujar marked his 150th career win with a remarkable comeback to defeat the two-time Roland Garros runner-up 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 after almost four-and-a-half hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

It is Thiem’s first opening-round exit at Roland Garros and the first time he has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals of the tournament since 2015.

The US Open champion admitted that the “omens were a bit different this year” following a stop-start build-up to Roland-Garros.

The 27-year-old last relinquished a two-set lead in major playback at the 2017 US Open. The defeat evidently hurt, but Thiem is adamant he’ll dig for the answers.

“Losing after being two sets to zero up, it’s very strange to me. I have to analyse it and think about what’s wrong at the moment. And then of course try to hit back as soon as possible,” reflected the Austrian, the 2018 and 2019 finalist at Roland-Garros.

“It does feel very tough, as I was used to since 2016 to play very deep in this tournament. But at the same time, the last first-round exit in a Grand Slam, US Open 2019, is not that long ago, but not here.

Andujar, a former world No.32, had to be incredibly patient following four elbow surgeries from 2016-17 and after missing the 2018 campaign too.

Now the 35-year-old is thriving, which he believes is from competing with a spring in his step.

“It is very special to win here in Roland-Garros, in Court Philippe-Chatrier. Such an emotional win for me, being two sets to love down against an amazing player,” added Andujar.

“In every step, I took since I came back after my injury, I really tried to enjoy everything, I really tried to give everything.

“I remember 2015 was a great year for me (third round at Roland-Garros). Maybe I have fewer legs and I play better tennis. But I think that’s the most important part of it, it’s the one I’m enjoying the most.”

Andujar will face either Argentina’s Federico Delbonis or Moldovan Radu Albot in the second round.

It will be an especially bitter blow for Thiem, though, after he had been placed in the opposite half of the draw to Nadal, world number one Novak Djokovic and Federer.

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