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Two-time finalist Thiem knocked out of French Open in 1st round by Andujar

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Dominic Thiem eyes the ball as he returns it to Pablo Andujar during their men’s singles first round tennis match in Paris on May 30, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

Fourth seed Dominic Thiem blew a two-set lead to be dumped out of the French Open in the first round by Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar on Sunday (May 30).

The 35-year-old Andujar staged a remarkable comeback to defeat the two-time Roland Garros runner-up 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 after almost 41/2 hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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