US Open, the results of the French: Benoît Paire eliminated in the 1st round, Richard Gasquet masters Taro Daniel

Gasquet in full control

As at the Australian Open, Roland Garros or Wimbledon, Richard Gasquet passed the first round of the last Grand Slam of this year 2022. Eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows in 2 of his last 3 participations, the Habs came out of their meeting without incident against the Japanese Taro Daniel, 95th in the world, whom they dominated in 4 sets (6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-2).

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He may have managed fewer aces (9 against 16) and winners (47 to 50) than his opponent, but the Frenchman never lost his concentration, unlike Daniel, to patiently glean his 19th victory from the season. Over in the first set, he made up for his late break in the 2nd set before completely missing his tie break and seeing the 29-year-old return to one set everywhere.

Showing his backhand quality still intact in sequence, the 91st in the world did not back down, and won many points by playing forward. It was also at the net that he excelled in this encounter (19 points won in 20 climbs!), to finally win the last two sets quite easily.

While Daniel takes, for the fifth time in six participations, the door in the first round in New York, Gasquet, him, is now waiting to know who of the American wild-card Tien, or the Serbian Kecmanovic, will find him in the second round. .

Powerless pair against Norrie

A short tour and then goes for Benoît Paire at the US Open. Scheduled at the start of the day in Flushing, the Frenchman once again lost in the first round of a tournament this season, this time against Cameron Norrie.

The 9th in the world at ATP largely dominated the debates and signed a success in three sets (6-0, 7-6, 6-0) to join the 2nd round. Two bubbles and a second set full of regrets: this is how we can sum up the match of the Avignonnais who won only four games in 2022 on the big circuit.

The score was not flattering for the Habs with the “two bicycle wheels” collected at each end of the scoreboard. But, yes, it’s the truth: he could have shaken up the British machine a little more. Well recovered from the 6-0 conceded in the first act, he played effective tennis in the second set and considerably hampered the left-hander, especially in return of service.

Author of the break at 4-3, he then failed to complete this second act behind his commitment. A turning point for him. With his 57 unforced errors (15 for Norrie), and only 44% of first serves, Paire could not have hoped for better.

Benoit Paire during his US Open 1st round match against Cameron Norrie

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