Mats Wilander says Dominic Thiem losing to Pablo Andjuar in the first round of the French Open was ‘weird.’
Thiem looked close to his old self in the first two sets of the match, but he then seemed to suffer a total collapse of confidence before eventually sinking to a surprise defeat.
Although he has struggled for form this year, he still arrived at Roland Garros as one of the favourites, and Wilander remains convinced the motivation isn’t quite there still after his US Open win.
“Yes, this was a big surprise,” Wilander told Eurosport. “I actually predicted him to get all the way to the finals.
“I thought that he would be nicely rested. Of course, we know that he has been having a few problems with his tennis.
“But Nicely rested and he supposedly trained really hard, and then he was up two sets to love, so that’s even weirder.
“When you see the whole match he looks a little bit tired. He is not as motivated as before.
“I’m sure he is going to be back, but it does feel like he might need to take a little bit of a break at this moment.”
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