BRAVO! Benoit Paire Wins 2 Consecutive Matches For The First Time in 19 Months at Hamburg Open 2021

Published 07/15/2021, 4:55 PM EDT
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


In some good news for fans of Benoit Paire, the Frenchman is progressing nicely at the on-going ATP Hamburg Open as he reached the quarter-finals after a straight-sets victory in the second-round against Juan Pablo Varillas.

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It’s the first time since January 2020 Paire won 2 consecutive matches. Previously he won more than 2 consecutive matches at ASB Classic, wherein he reached the finals and lost to compatriot Ugo Humbert.

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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Benoit Paire won a close match against Juan Pablo Varillas in Hamburg Open

After a walkover in the opening round matchup against Ricardas Berankis, Paire was given a tough fight by Varillas in the pre-quarters today. Paire, who appeared to be throwing matches away deliberately on-tour seemed to have found the winning rhythm back with this victory.

Overall, it was a tightly-contested matchup as the Frenchman managed to win by just two points over his opponent.

Despite losing the serve on four occasions throughout the match, Paire was able to break the serve of Varillas on multiple occasions.

After a few breaks of serve, the Frenchman took the first set, 7-5. Even in the second set, the Frenchman continued to have a roller-coaster ride with respect to his game as his Austrian opponent pushed Paire to the limit.

Deservedly, the set went to a tie-breaker where Varillas was leading 8-7. Just when a deciding third set looked like a possibility, Paire won three back-to-back points to come back from deficit and reach the quarter-finals in Hamburg.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Hamburg European Open – Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany – July 12, 2021 France’s Benoit Paire in action during his round of 32 match against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller

Paire will now face Federico Delbonis in Hamburg Quarters

In the quarters, the Frenchman will face Federico Delbonis. While it’s tough to predict how a Benoit Paire match will proceed, the slight momentum he had in this tournament might pull him out of a tumultuous eighteen months on the ATP tour.

For a while, the Frenchman was called out by fans for not putting efforts to win points and matches. At the French Open, he was rooted by fans in the first-round against Casper Ruud.

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As a result, Paire was able to push the match to five sets. Even though he lost the match, the local boy appeared to have enjoyed the time he spent on the Parisian clay.

With a couple of victories up his sleeve, Benoit Paire can make a mark at the on-going Hamburg Open and get a few ranking points under his belt.

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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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