PARIS – Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem was knocked out of the tournament in the first round on Sunday after losing in straight sets to world number 87 Hugo Delian of Bolivia.
Austrian Thiem, who has failed to win a match in any tournament since returning from a wrist injury in March, made 42 inevitable errors as his once-influential claycourt game abandoned him.
“It wasn’t a good match at all, but it is,” Thiem told reporters, ranking third in the world in 2021, compared to his current 194th.
“I knew it would take time and the level was very high. It will take a few more months until I say I am ready to lose them again. ”
The 28-year-old struggled with his forehand throughout the match and said it was time to compete in a lower level tournament to win the match under his belt.
“The problem is that in practice it is really decent but the situation in the match is different, especially the Grand Slam. I am definitely thinking of going back to the challenger level for one or two tournaments, “he said.
“I get tighter, more nervous and my whole body gets tighter. It’s toxic to my forehand because I still miss the feeling there, ”he said.
Feeling comfortable on the surface after fighting through the qualifiers to reach the main draw in the previous five claycourt tournaments in Paris, Delian did not have to wait long for his chance.
He scored his first break point in Thiem’s opening service game and broke it in his second race in the first set.
Two quick breaks in the second wrapped it up for Dalian, with Thiem, who hit his wrist in Mallorca in 2021 and needed surgery, struggling all his life.
In just two hours he surrendered at a rate of 6-3 6-2 6-4.
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