3rd WIN IN 6 DAYS! Benoit Paire Grabs an Impressive Victory at Swiss Gstaad Open 2021

Published 07/19/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 16, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire reacts during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller


When tennis resumed post-pandemic, a lot of tournaments were forced to schedule without fans inside stadiums. Not every player was able to adapt well to this change and one such athlete was the Frenchman Benoit Paire.

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Paire was struggling for more than one and a half year as he began to receive flak for not putting enough effort in winning points/matches on-tour. Fans could clearly see the lack of motivation from the Frenchman during matches on several tournaments.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 15, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire in action during his round of 16 match against Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

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The trend continued till the French Open this year. On the Parisian clay, Paire showed some fight with the help of local crowd as he pushed youngster Casper Ruud to five sets before bowing out in the first-round.

Benoit Paire showed glimpses of his best and reached the Swiss Open 2nd round

The presence of fans in a tennis stadium pushed the Frenchman as he displayed glimpses of his talent at the recently concluded Hamburg Open. Paire reached the quarter-finals, where he lost to Federico Delbonis in a tight three-setter.

Despite the quarter-final loss, the Frenchman seemed to have continued the winning momentum at the on-going Swiss Open in Gstaad. Paire defeated Jozef Kovalik in the first round 6-3,7-6.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire reacts during his first round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Paire was struggling on his first-serve as he made a total of eight double-faults throughout the match. Kovalik defended better and saved seven out of the eight break point opportunities created by the Frenchman.

That single-break earned by Paire was enough to clinch the first set, 6-3. The second set was where both players displayed magnificent clay-court tennis with the Frenchman putting up on a show with a few points.

Even the net approaches were handled with ease by Paire as he looked close to his best form after so long. But, the resilience shown by Kovalik should indeed be appreciated as he forced the set into a tie-breaker.

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In the tie-breaker, the Serbian made untimely errors and put Paire on the driver’s seat. With an incredible forehand return winner, the Frenchman sealed the deal and moved to the second round of the Swiss Open.

At Gstaad, Paire got his own fan following as a loyal group of people kept cheering on the Frenchman throughout the match. It’s good for tennis to have Paire back in full form as he tries to gain a few ranking points to boost his momentum on the ATP tour right now.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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