Jannik Sinner vs. Benoit Paire - 2020 Rome Open First Round
Monday, September 14 2020
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Benoit Paire meets Jannik Sinner in the first round of the 2020 Rome Open on Monday, September 14th 2020. Will Sinner improve on his dissapointing start to his clay-court season or will Paire finally play his best tennis?
Benoit Paire was tested positive of Covid-19 a few weeks ago, preventing him from playing in the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open. Paire, as we all know, can play some of the most incredible tennis when he concentrates and focuses on the task at hand, but he can also do the complete opposite, playing some terrible tennis when he should be winning easily. Paire will be looking to get a first-round victory here to give him some much needed playing time as he has not played much as of recent. Paire has a lot of experience and it will be interesting to see whether we get Paire to play good, or whether he does not care.
Jannik Sinner had a disappointing start to his clay-court season, losing to Laslo Djere in straight sets in the first round of the Kitzbuhel Open last week. Sinner has not been playing his best tennis as of recent and perhaps will need a few more matches under his belt to get back to levels we are custom to seeing in the young Italian. However, Sinner is playing at home, and he will be interested in putting on a solid performance here even without fans. Sinner can take the match to Paire and if he is fully playing at his best, it is going to be hard to stop him.
This is going to be the second meeting between both players, with Benoit Paire leading the head to head 1-0. They met at the beginning of the year and Paire won in three sets. However, both players have not been at their best since then and it will be interesting to see who comes through here. I think that Benoit Paire will come through here again as he has more experience and will be extremely determined to get some match time under his belt. Sinner was terrible last week in Kitzbuhel and I do not see him improving drastically here.