Dominic Thiem French Open 2021

‘All my shots are missing power. It was not the real me’ – Dominic Thiem on French Open loss

Dominic Thiem reflected he was “not struggling at all with motivation” and that his game “was just not there” in his first round French Open defeat.

The world No. 4 – a Roland Garros runner-up in 2018 and 2019 – was beaten 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 by world No. 68 Pablo Andujar on Sunday.

It was the Austrian’s first opening round defeat at the French Open – and the first time he failed to make at least the quarter-finals since 2015.

“I was not struggling at all with my motivation, but the game was just not there today. All the shots are missing power, they are not accurate enough,” Thiem said in his post-match press conference.

“I’m moving not well enough, so everything in my game – there’s some per cents missing. I actually don’t really know why, because since I step back on court it’s already two months and I was really practising well.

“Super intense as well. Shots were there in practice and it got also better in Madrid and Rome. But Lyon and here, I mean the shots and how I moved and everything was just not the real me I would say.

“Or my version who is able to play for big titles. It’s just not good enough at the moment and yeah, its a very tough situation. It’s basically the first situation like that (that) I’m facing.”

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