R Ashwin follows French Open from Mumbai hotel, boldly names Rafael Nadals biggest threat

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In quarantine in Mumbai ahead of the Indian cricket team’s tour of England, R Ashwin seems to be keeping himself entertained with the French Open 2021.

R Ashwin

R Ashwin

Pablo Andujar’s dream run in 2021 continued as he managed to pull off the biggest upset of the French Open 2021. With the French Open 2021 draw pitting him opposite two-time finalist and World No.4 Dominic Thiem right in Round 1, the Spaniard’s chances at the event would have been considered very favourable by most. However, as he went on to demolish the 2020 US Open champion and book a spot in Round 2 of the Slam for the first time since 2015, Andujar has gained massive respect and a fan following that goes even beyond the realm of tennis.

WhAt an effort that was from Pablo Andujar to beat Dominic Thiem in a 5 setter after being 2 sets down ✅✅✅. He beat Roger Federer in the lead up to this French open too☺️☺️

Great first day at the #RolandGarros 👏👏👏

— Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) May 30, 2021

R Ashwin all praises for Pablo Andujar after French Open win

In quarantine in Mumbai ahead of the Indian cricket team’s upcoming tour of England and the World Test Championship finals, R Ashwin seems to be keeping himself entertained with the French Open 2021. An admirer of the sport, Ashwin has previously commented on happenings in the tennis world, especially the Grand Slams. Taking to Twitter, Ashwin was all praises for Spain’s Pablo Andujar, whose valiant efforts on Sunday turned the French Open 2021 draw on its head and brought an early end to the Dominic Thiem French Open 2021 run.

Reminding fans of Andujar’s epic win over 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the recently concluded Geneva Open – where the Spaniard cut short the Swiss Maestro’s comeback – Ashwin gave the World No.68 his seal of approval for the Slam. He also remarked upon how impressive it was that Andujar’s victory came from a very very unlikely spot, as he was down two sets to love and playing someone vastly more experienced than himself at this level. Asked by a fan who he thought would win the Slam, Ashwin stuck to perhaps the safest bet, nominating 13-time RG champion Rafael Nadal as his pick.

French Open 2021: Dominic Thiem vs Andujar highlights

What should have been a fairly uneventful opening day at the French Open 2021 has now become the talk of the tennis world after 4th seed Dominic Thiem crashed out to Spain’s Pablo Andujar. On a bad streak leading up to this match – including a Round 4 exit at the Australian Open, a quarter-final loss in Qatar, shocking first-round losses in Dubai and Lyon and a Round 2 loss at the Italian Open – Thiem was far from the favourite at the French Open. However, considering his proficiency on clay, a first-round exit was the last thing expected from the Grand Slam champion.

At a comfortable 6-4, 7-5 lead after the second set and looking set to go into Round 2, Thiem suddenly witnessed a massive drop in form, going down 6-3 in the third set. This, followed by two 6-4, 6-4 set defeat where the Austrian could barely hold on to his serve allowed Pablo Andujar to win his 150th match on the ATP Tour and his first from two sets down. The Thiem vs Andujar highlights should be available on Disney+ Hotstar for Indian viewers. 

Image Credits: French Open Twitter & PTI

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