He was finally too short to go on. Benoît Paire was unable to confirm his rather reassuring victory in the first round on Wednesday. The Avignon, too irregular, lowered the flag in four sets (7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1) and 2h30 of play against Federico Coria, little brother of the former king of the earth beaten Guillermo and 99th player in the world. Despite a real desire to do well, Paire did not have the legs to keep up. In the third round, Coria will find either another Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi or the Italian Jannik Sinner.
Benoît Paire hoped to find color in Roland. Faced with criticism of his behavior and the misadventures suffered at Flushing Meadows and Hamburg, he wanted to show that he had not lost all his tennis. And undeniably, the Frenchman succeeded in sequences during his entry into the running, then during this second round. But he will have lacked the consistency that can only offer him the training he has lacked in recent weeks.
79 unforced errors including 11 double faults
When he was able to get physically involved in his strikes, Paire regularly overwhelmed Coria on Wednesday. He was also the first to break, before being caught. But he was only too rarely able to maintain this intensity. The third set was the blatant demonstration: rather domineering after winning the second, Paire offered his service several times to the Argentine. Led 3-0, he made the effort to return to 3-2, before letting his opponent escape, distributing too many gifts, often by lack of placement (79 unforced errors including 11 double faults).
Exhausted in the 4th set, he took a medical time out which had little effect on the outcome of the game. In the second week last year, Paire fell back from the height, even if the last few weeks had not really left any illusions about his ability to surprise in Paris.