Frenchmen Benoît Paire and Adrian Mannarino were eliminated in the second round of the Washington hard court tournament on Wednesday, beaten respectively by Dane Holger Rune and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Paire, 33, paid for a faulty service, weighed down by eight double faults, and too many unforced errors in total (21 against 10), which allowed his opponent, winner 6-3, 6-2, to break him at three times in five occasions.
Conversely, he was unable to convert the four balls he obtained to steal the commitment of his rival and try to return in a game finally concluded in 1:18 by Rune, on his fifth match point.
The 19-year-old Dane (28th in the world), evoked shirtless by Paire, not to a joke, who came to tear his jersey and took it off like a short that we lower, will face in the next round the American Jeffrey John Wolf, winner 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 of the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
Leaving the world top 100 at the start of the week after a series of six defeats in the first round, Paire (112th) had broken this bad series on Monday at the expense of the German Peter Gojowczyk (7-5, 6-4).
However, the Avignonnais, who was still 20th in the world at the start of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic, did not exceed the round of 16 of a tournament in 2022, winning only four victories.
Later, Mannarino (67th) was able to regret his defeat 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 against Dimitrov (19th).
After equalizing with one set everywhere, erasing an irrelevant ename since he had lost the first five games of the match, the Frenchman managed a break to lead 3-1 then 4-2 in the last set, before leaving the Bulgarian to return to his height then to give in on the first match point on his serve at 6-5 after a little over two hours.
Dimitrov will face American Sebastian Korda in the next round.
Finally, note the elimination of the Pole Hubert Hurcakz, seeded N.2, defeated by the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), and the qualification for the round of 16 of the American Taylor Fritz (N.3).