Benoit Paire won his first match in the main draw of an ATP tournament since the Australian Open, this Monday in Geneva against Emil Ruusuvuori, even if he still trembled until the end.
Better late than never ! Seeking his first victory in the main draw of an ATP tournament since January 20 and his victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the second round of the Australian Open, Benoit Paire has finally been rewarded. The French player was playing his 17th match since this meeting against the Bulgarian, and he had only won three so far: one at the Challenger in Phoenix and two in qualifying in Madrid. But the light finally came this Monday evening on the side of Geneva, where the world n°67 won against n°61, Emil Ruusuvuori: 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in 2h08. Faced with this Finn who had beaten him twice out of two last summer in the United States, Paire again went through all the states, but he ensured the essential, victory!
The first games of the match were won without problems by the servers, but at 3-3, it was Paire who signed the first break. His opponent managed to unbreak (5-5), but at 6-5, Paire managed an excellent return game to break and pocket the set. In the second, the Frenchman this time took the opposing serve at 2-2, then served for the match at 5-4. Obviously, this could not happen in a simple way for the terrible child of French tennis, who cracked at that moment (5-5), then saw his opponent succeed in a shutout (5-6) and the breaker (5-7). Paire exploded his racket in rage, but unlike his previous encounters, he didn’t snap. He missed a break point at 2-2 then saved one at 3-2 and finally, at 4-4, it was he who broke first, and he managed to conclude on his face-off, winning on his third match point. Phew! In the next round, Paire will be up against Casper Ruud, the No. 2 seed and semi-finalist in Rome on Saturday, and it’s going to be tough. But the machine is perhaps finally launched?
Pure delight 😀
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