Frenchman, Benoit Paire is set to face countryman, Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Maharashtra Open in India.
Benoit Paire enters this match having beaten Jiri Vesely in his previous match. It was a solid performance by Paire as he won in straight sets. During the win, Benoit Paire returned serve exceptionally well as he won 4 return games. Paire won 31 receiving points which meant that he allowed his opponent to win less than 55% of his service points. This was well complemented by Paire’s serve as the Frenchman only lost one service game in the entire match. It was a solid win for Benoit Paire and he will be feeling confident heading into this match.
Similar to Paire, Gilles Simon was also very good in his previous match. Simon lost the opening set via a tiebreaker but bounced back very strong to win the final 2 sets with great ease. Gilles Simon won 5 break points while winning all of his service games to ensure the victory was won achieved in a dominant manner. Simon’s returning was especially impressive as the Frenchman only allowed his opponent to win 3 service games in the final 2 sets. Such a strong win will mean that Gilles Simon will also be feeling very confident about this match.
Benoit Paire and Gilles Simon have played 8 times in the past. As it currently stands, Gilles Simon has the stronger head-to-head record of 5-3. The last times these two players met was at the 2018 ATP Casablanca event where Gilles Simon won. The last time Benoit Paire beat Gilles Simon was at the 2013 ATP Shanghai Masters.
All in all, I see Gilles Simon winning this match. While both players are playing well, Simon seems to be able to beat Paire in recent times. With such a strong head-to-head record, I see Gilles Simon winning this match.