Benoît Paire loses to Holger Rune in the second round in Washington

The upturn did not last. The day after his victory against Peter Gojowczyk (7-5, 6-4), his fourth of the season only on the main circuit, Benoît Paire, who indicated that he had finally found “fun on the court”was no match for 19-year-old Dane Holger Rune (6-3, 6-2) in the second round of the ATP 500 in Washington on Tuesday.

Arrived on the field with a smile, the 33-year-old Frenchman was quickly disillusioned. At 2-1 in favor of Rune, when he was leading 30-15 on his commitment, the now 112th in the world made three big consecutive errors which offered the break to his opponent: a forehand “baduf”, a double fault then a jump smash into the net as he had the court wide open.

Despite some great inspirations, like this magnificent short cross passage forehand, and a break point at 3-1 (winning service from Rune), Paire logically gave up the first set 6-3.

Rune ends a seven-game losing streak

His good attitude and his obvious desire to do well were not enough afterwards. After getting a break point at the start of the second set (return which narrowly escaped him), the Avignonnais again showed his physical and tennis limits of the moment. A backhand foul cost him his commitment at 1-1 before giving in definitively by redacting his service game at 4-2.

Rune, who nevertheless remained on seven consecutive defeats on the circuit (no success since his quarter-final at Roland-Garros), concluded a few moments later with his fifth match point. In the third round, the 28th in the world will face the American JJ Wolf or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.


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