Paire Powers Into Semi-Finals At Maia Open

Benoit Paire (photo: Sebastião Guimarães/FPT)

MAIA/STARNBERG, December 1, 2023

French veteran Benoit Paire headlined Friday’s quarterfinal action at the Maia Open earning a hard-fought victory. The 34-year-old Avignon native battled past fifth seed Elias Ymer of Sweden 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Paire struck four aces and won 76 per cent of his first-service points to advance in two hours and one minute.

The No. 3 seed of the ATP Challenger Tour 100 indoor clay-court event in northern Portugal will next take on Maxime Janvier of France, who knocked out second-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes.

In the top half of the draw, top seed and home favourite Nuno Borges rallied from a set down to overcome sixth-seeded Italian Andrea Vavassori 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. The World No. 78 capitalized on three of his seven break-point chances and won six points less than his opponent but prevailed after two hours and 17 minutes.

Up next for Borges will be Frenchman Matteo Martineau, who ended the run of British qualifier Anton Matusevich, winning 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 20 minutes.