World number four Dominic Thiem faces Spain’s Pablo Andujar ranked 68th in the world in their first round match of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Pablo Andujar match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Pablo Andujar Head to Head
There have been three previous matches played between these players and Thiem has won every single one of them without dropping a set. All three matches came on clay.
Thiem 4-3 on Clay This Season
It’s been one of Thiem’s worst seasons in recent times with the Austrian showing signs of being physically and mentally exhausted for a while now.
At one stage, after coming back to court following two months of being away, there was a sense of feeling refreshed from Thiem, as he carved out wins against Marcos Giron, John Isner and Alex de Minaur in Madrid but that’s where the party looks to have ended for now.
Because following that, Thiem fell to Alexander Zverev in the semifinal, lost in the third round of the Rome Masters to Lorenzo Sonego and then fell in the Lyon Open opener to Cameron Norrie.
Which is why, one touted to be a successor to Rafael Nadal at the French Open, Thiem has fallen down the ranks behind the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and even Alexander Zverev this season.
And it’s not just about the top five or six players alone, Thiem will have some of his other opponents to worry about as well – possible Federico Delbonis clash in the second round, Marton Fucsovics in the third and Casper Ruud in round four.
First things first though and Thiem has Andujar to take care of.
Andujar Coming off Geneva Semifinal
Andujar was once edging into the top 30 of the rankings but aged 35 now, he has managed a world number 68 right now.
The journeyman, who has four ATP titles under his belt in his career, all of which came on clay, now kick-starts his French Open campaign drawn up against the world number four but safe in the knowledge he is coming into this with a win over Roger Federer two weeks ago.
If that doesn’t fill him up with confidence, nothing else would.
Because despite the obviously mitigating circumstances surrounding that win – Federer’s return, clay etc – Andujar also managed to make it to the semifinal in that competition. That was his first ATP semifinal since the 2019 edition of Gstaad Open in July that year.
Thiem, over five sets, wouldn’t be as easy to surmount as Federer over three on clay but as far as knowing it’s possible, especially given his opponent’s recent struggles, Andujar will have some hope.
Thiem v Andujar Prediction and Tip
Thiem should still win this but not before Andujar has tested him and taken a set off the Austrian.