MASTERS 1000 MONTE-CARLO – Benoit Paire out, there are already no more French in Monte-Carlo

No Frenchman will have passed the 1st round test in Monte-Carlo. Like Benjamin Bonzi and Ugo Humbert, it is also Benoit Paire’s turn to leave the tournament through the back door after a good fight against young Lorenzo Musseti 6:2, 6:7(4), 6:2. A pretty logical defeat, in which the Frenchman will have shown great things.

Benoit Paire weighs a little more on the French balance sheet. The Avignonnais, the last tricolor in the running of the tournament, have been causing tension against Musetti lately, but the result was the same as his compatriots. Paire is not regular enough, sometimes lacking in intensity, and it will have suffered from its lack of games and results on Monegasque soil.

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A burst of energy before collapsing again

Given the Frenchman’s rather poor first half of the season, one might have thought he would take a beating against the young Italian. However, despite many silly mistakes in the first lap, as well as many bad decisions, Paire pulled his head out of the water. More regular at the baseline, excellent at net, author of beautiful amortizations, Benoit Paire finally won the second set in the tie-break after scoring…8 set points.

Despite that renewed energy, the French finally cracked by offering Musetti a free break at 3-1 in that final round. An opportunity the Italian took to take the point home. Lorenzo Musetti is thus qualified for the next round and meets Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime.

Benoit Paire was the last French hope in this Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 after the withdrawal of Gaël Monfils, the defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Arthur Rinderknech on Monday and the defeat of Benjamin Bonzi and Ugo Humbert early Tuesday. Bad results a few weeks before Roland-Garros.

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