Andújar, the reborn
Pablo Andújar suits the title of the celebrated film by Alejandro González Iñarritu perfectly. The man from Cuenca suffered injuries that came close to ending his career. Now he is currently enjoying his first positive results after three years of misery. With the victory in the Challenger of Villena, his performances in the ATP 250 of Marrakech this week and the invitation he has received to participate in the qualifying draw of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Andujar is experiencing a professional rebirth.
Today the 2015 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell finalist in 2015 will play his first semifinals since the Real Club Tennis Barcelona three years ago. The Morrocan tournament has been disrupted by rain but it didn’t prevent Andujar from beating the 25-year-old Alexey Vatutin. The Russian has been the surprise of the tournament beating the German Jan-Lennard Struff and Albert Ramos.
Andújar, 32, plays with the protected ranking (105), as his fall took him beyond 600 in the world. After his triumph last week in Villena he is already 355th. In Alicante he beat the Australian Alex de Minaur, amongst others. This week, in addition to Vatutin, Andujar has beaten the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka and the Italian Andrea Arnaboldi in a run that now stretches to eight consecutive wins.
After three elbow operations it would have been easy to see Andujar´s desire to play dissolve, but he is back and playing with a smile on his face.
This journey in the desert served, as he confessed in more than one interview, to assess everything he had enjoyed as an elite tennis player and to realize that "life is not that". Andújar confessed that the positive aspect of these injuries was "to spend more time with the family, to value those moments and that time with family and friends and to treat people you love and to whom you cannot get close as you travel and are competing".
"I value everything I had done before 2015," he reflected at El Confeidencial.com. "I've arrived where I've arrived, I've won and lost games and that's all part of my career. It's part of my job and everything I've left behind for tennis. I will not say proud, but these things are part of my life. And this injury is also part of my career. I will never know what would have happened if I had been injured, but at the same time I accept it as it is and I try not to think twice about it. It is part of my career. My work is not only reduced to 2015, but what was achieved before was also the result of my work ".
Andújar has returned. The tennis player who fought Kei Nishikori in the 2015 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell final, the man who twice won the King Hassan II trophy in Casablanca, and who rose to a position of 32nd in the world rankings, is back on the circuit.
He said that just stepping on court again was a victory.