Benoit Paire vs. Taylor Fritz
|Date & Time||Friday May 24, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
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Benoit Paire and Taylor Fritz meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Lyon Open.
Benoit Paire is coming off a three sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Paire won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Paire won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his three break points. Paire pushed through a tight third set tiebreak and saved four of his five break points to prevail. Paire has won six of his eight sets to get to this point and has been highly successful with his first serve in all three matches. Paire looks to make his second final appearance of the year and his seventh final appearance of his career. Paire has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
Taylor Fritz is coming off a three sets win over Roberto Bautista-Agut that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Fritz won 81 percent of his first serve points and 73 percent of his second serve points. Fritz won 78 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Fritz hit 16 aces in his victory and didn’t face a single break point. Fritz has played just five sets to get to this point and has hit a combined 23 aces. Fritz is going to be in a lot of deep tournament runs if he’s going to be racking up the free points the way he has as of late. Fritz hopes to make his second career final appearance and first since the 2016 Memphis Open. Fritz has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Fritz won 2017 Indian Wells and Paire won 2018 Stuttgart. This will obviously be the first meeting on clay.
I strongly considered Fritz due to the serving and the rest advantage, but Paire is the better player at the moment and has a lot more success on clay. Paire also has the home crowd behind him and that always helps when players may be turning their attention toward the upcoming French Open.
Experience is probably the deciding factor in this one, so I’m going to lean toward Paire making his second final of the year.