Dominic Thiem suffered a painful first-round defeat at the French Open. The 2018 and 2019 Paris finalist lost significantly to Bolivian Hugo Dellien 3-6, 2-6, 4-6 on Sunday.

Thiem is thus still waiting for his first win since his comeback. The 28-year-old Austrian had only returned to the tennis tour in March after a nine-month break due to a wrist injury. But Thiem is currently miles away from his old form, in which he had won the US Open in 2020 in the final against Alexander Zverev, among others.

With his seventh defeat in a row, the Austrian bowed out early from the Grand Slam tournament in France.

“It hurts,” Thiem said after the bitter performance on Court Simonne Mathieu. “But to be honest, I was already far away from a win in the matches before,” said the Austrian, deeply disappointed. “In practice I’m already doing quite well, but in the match I’m still missing a few things. I have to be patient.”

Next, the former world number three plans to start at the somewhat smaller Challenger tournament in Paru