Benoît Paire lost on Monday against Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the New York Grand Slam, as did his compatriot Ugo Humbert.
It is already the end of the New York adventure for Benoît Paire and Ugo Humbert. The French, 49th in the world, lost in the first round of the US Open, beaten in four sets by Serbian Dusan Lajovic, Monday, August 30 (6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4). Inconstant and often at the limit in his attitude, Paire made too many mistakes to really worry his opponent of the day, ranked 40th in the ATP. As for Humbert, yet seeded number 23, he lost in five sets against Peter Gojowczyk.
While he had the opportunity to break in the first set, Paire let his chance slip, and even gave up his service on a shutout in the wake (4-2). Annoyed, the Avigonnais multiplied the faults and experienced problems in the service, leaving the Serbian to take control of the match and seize the first two sets. The Habs, back to the wall, revived in the third set, inflicting a 6-2 in 28 minutes on Lajovic.
Badly embarked in the fourth round after being broken from the start, Paire once again showed that he was able to pick up the score, before cracking after five ties on his service (4-3). This is the third time that the Frenchman has been eliminated from the start at Flushing Meadows, after his defeats in the first round in 2011 and 2013.
Disillusionment is total for Ugo Humbert. French number 1 and number 23 seed in New York, Messin lost to German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in five sets (1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4). The 26-year-old Frenchman, recent winner of the Halle tournament, started the game well before exploding against the player out of qualifying.
After a perfect first set, concluded in 27 minutes, Ugo Humbert totally sank, yielding two sets in the 141st world at ATP. If he barely woke up to reverse the trend in the fourth set after having suffered a double break (3-2), the Lorrain cracked in the middle of the last set. For the eighth time in twelve participations in Majors, Ugo Humbert will not see the second round.
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