But the 27-year-old Andujar is convinced he can continue his own relatively modest upward move and become the latest in a never-ending line of Spanish stars to muscle into contention on the biggest stage.
Having competed for so long in the shadow of the likes of Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco, Andujar enjoyed his own shaft of sunlight in Madrid where he reached the semi-finals before falling to Nadal.
It was not so much the simple fact of reaching the last four but the manner of his wins over the likes of Marin Cilic, John Isner and Kei Nishikori - the previous round conqueror of Roger Federer - that raised eyebrows as well as Andujar's own confidence.
"I've been able to beat three top 20 players so next time I go and play against a top 20 player I can tell myself that I can do it, I can beat them," said Andujar.
"I reached the semi-final, so I'm not going to go out with my chest puffed out like I can't walk in the door. I'm still the same person. But I have no doubt I can keep going and be up there in the top 30."
Andujar briefly peaked at a career-high 33 in the world rankings in September last year, but he boasts a relatively dismal record in grand slams, having never gone beyond the second round in 15 attempts, even on his favoured red clay in Paris.
However Andujar has reached five lower level finals, winning twice in Casablanca in 2011 and finishing runner-up in Bucharest, also twice, and Stuttgart in July 2011 where he went down to another compatriot, former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.
One of Andujar's failings has been his seeming inability to believe he belongs with so many of his compatriots in the upper echelons of the rankings, and on the face of it his sweeping semi-final loss to Nadal might not have changed that.
But for Andujar last week represented something of a breakthrough, convincing him that while he may never possess anything close to the skills of his most recent conqueror, on his day he can hold his own against the best.
Andujar added: "Mentally speaking this is going to give me a lot of confidence. I can look forward to playing players who have a good ranking and are at a good level, and I can tell myself I can win.
"(In Madrid) I had the best player in the world in front of me. Sometimes it makes you feel like you played worse than you actually did. But I have got to look back on the whole week and take it forward somewhere else."