After being knocked out of the Challenger tournament in Bordeaux last week, Benoît Paire suffered the same misadventure in the first round of the ATP tournament in Geneva with a defeat in two sets against Christopher Eubanks.
The euphoria did not last long for Benoît Paire. Winner of the Francavilla Challenger tournament, which allowed him to obtain an invitation to Roland-Garros for the classification over the calendar year, the native of Avignon suffered a new disappointment on the clay courts of Geneva. Indeed, after his entry elimination during the Bordeaux Challenger tournament against Dominic Thiem, the 160th player in the world left Geneva in the first round, beaten by Christopher Eubanks in two sets.
A meeting that began with a real standoff, with two players who did not concede a single break point during the first seven games. Moreover, only the first was really hooked. However, it was Benoît Paire who showed the first flaws by conceding a break point in the eighth game, which he was able to dismiss. An opportunity that did not arise again and it was a decisive game that made it possible to decide between the two players.
Pair reacted too late
From the start, Christopher Eubanks took the lead by winning the first point in the service of the Frenchman. Winning the last three exchanges, the 86th player in the world took the lead in this meeting. An ascendant that the American immediately confirmed against a Benoît Paire who was unable to respond. With two converted break points, Christopher Eubanks quickly led three games to nothing but was put in difficulty by the Habs on his second serving.
But the latter was unable to convert his three break points and found himself led four games to nothing. However, this gave ideas to Benoît Paire and, from the next engagement of the American, he managed to erase one of his two late breaks. A reaction of pride which proved insufficient because, when serving to stay in the match, the Avignonnais gave in. At the first match point, Christopher Eubanks put an end to the suspense (7-6, 6-3 in 1h16 ‘) and will be the opponent of Alexander Zverevseeded number 3, in the round of 16.