He is hot !
Benoît Paire (56th in the world) qualified for the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday by beating Bugare Grigor Dimitrov (28th) in four sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7) , 7-6 (7/2), and will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round.
Calm and serene throughout the match, in front of a noisy audience shared between the two players, the 32-year-old Frenchman exulted after greeting his opponent.
The Avignonnais had already reached the third round twice (2014 and 2017) in Melbourne, without ever passing it.
Last year, when he was psychologically affected by the health measures linked to the covid pandemic, he lost in the first round.
Benoît Paire who goes around the field to applaud his supporters and give them his towels.
The tennis we love.
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) January 20, 2022
In the fourth set, Paire immediately broke to break away 3-0, but Dimitrov was able to pick up.
The Frenchman experienced an alert to change sides at 5-4 in his favor: probably taken with stomach aches, he called for a doctor who gave him a pill.
Finally the two men were able to resume and finish on a new tie-break where, from 2-2, Paire scored five points in a row to end the game on his first match point.
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