French veteran Benoit Paire plays rising Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in the opening round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome on Monday, September 14. The match will begin at around 7 pm local time (6 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Garbine Muguruza v Sloane Stephens match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Benoit Paire v Jannik Sinner Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the two players, with Paire winning their first meeting earlier this year in Auckland, in a tight three-setter.
Paire Returns After Contracting Covid In New York
Frenchman Benoit Paire was ranked within the top 20 in the world in in mid-2016. However, inconsistency in both his game and temperament were the reasons for him being unable to capitalize on his innate talent. This saw him fall in the ATP rankings over the 2017-2018 seasons. However, 2019 was a positive year for Paire, winning two titles on the tour and returning to the top 20 in the rankings.
Prior to the season hiatus in March of this year, it was a mixed start to the year for the Frenchman, who started the season being runner-up to fellow countryman Ugo Humbert at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
A second round loss at the Australian Open to Marin Cilic, followed by opening round losses at Pune and Rotterdam set the Frenchman on the backfoot thereafter, and he was hoping to revive his season. Although he fared better at Marseille and Dubai, Paire did not seem to have the form of 2019 going for him.
The Frenchman returned to the tour at the Western & Southern Open, but had to pull out with illness in his opener against Borna Coric, only to end up missing the US Open as he tested positive for Covid-19. Having recovered and back in Europe, Paire will be looking for good health and good performances in the near future as he looks to revive his season.
Sinner Looking To Continue To Move Up Rankings
Jannik Sinner was a relatively unknown 18-year-old Italian teenager playing on the ATP Challenger and ITF Futures tour this time last year. A wild card entry to the European Open late in the 2019 season saw him make the semi-finals defeating Gael Monfils en route and then he furthered it winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, defeating Alex de Minaur in the title round.
Breaking into the top 100 of the world rankings, Sinner won his first match against a top ten player in David Goffin, and made the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 at Rotterdam. Upon returning to the tour after the pandemic break, Sinner looked in a commanding position against number 12 seed Karen Khachanov up two sets to love, only to lose the next three sets.
Sinner was defeated in the quarterfinal this week at Kitzbuhel upon his return to clay, and will be looking to better his performance on the slower surface in the weeks to come heading to the French Open.
Paire v Sinner Prediction & Tip
This makes for a very interesting opener, with both players at different stages of their careers, but looking to have a satisfactory next few weeks on clay. Although Paire is significantly more experienced, his form and health remains a big unknown and that will give Sinner an advantage. The young Italian will look to make use of the fact that he has had more match practice in recent weeks, than Paire.
As is always the case with Paire, an unpredictable match ahead; expect Sinner to win in two tight sets.
Tip: Sinner to win in straight sets: 2/1 (bet365)