Dominic Thiem out of French Open as Nadal and Djokovic's main threat suffers early exit


Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have lost their main rival at the French Open as Dominic Thiem was surprisingly beaten in the first round at Roland Garros by Pablo Andujar. 

Nadal’s coach Francisco Roig said Thiem was among the closest challengers to the favourites. 

Roig claimed that there was little difference between Thiem and Djokovic on clay. 

“Novak Djokovic is still the rival, perhaps, who can cause more problems, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.

“Of course, if Dominic Thiem regains the rhythm and confidence that he usually shows on clay, I would say that I do not see differences between him and Djokovic.

“Since he won the US Open he has dropped a bit, but I’m sure that for Roland Garros he will be at the necessary level and will be a very tough opponent.

“He is a very complete player, who demands a lot in each hit, if you leave the ball a little short, the point is over. On a physical level he is very demanding.”

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