Paire Beats Robredo For Maiden Crown

Benoit Paire wins his first ATP World Tour title in Bastad

Benoit Paire beat Tommy Robredo 7-6(7), 6-3 to claim his maiden ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open on Sunday.

The Frenchman, now 1-2 in tour-level finals, joined this year’s first-time winners: Jiri Vesely (Auckland), Victor Estrella Burgos (Quito), Jack Sock (Houston), Dominic Thiem (Nice) and Denis Istomin (Nottingham). Paire earned €80,000 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

On a blustery and cool day in the seaside town of Bastad, Paire saved two set points in the eventual first set tie-break. The World No. 62 then sent Robredo a tricky drop shot on his own set point, which the Spaniard was unable to return. The Frenchman claimed the first set in 56 minutes.

Paire continued to apply pressure in the second set, breaking Robredo for a 4-2 lead after the Spaniard sent a forehand into the net on break point. The 26 year old then held at love for 5-2. Showing no signs of nerves, an ace gave Paire his first match point, which he promptly capitalised on with another ace to clinch victory after 93 minutes.

“It’s a perfect week,” said Paire. “The conditions today were not easy, but I’m really happy to win against Tommy. He’s a very good player. To play against him in the final and to beat him is a dream, so I’m very happy.

“It was a lot of pressure, but I think I played well… I hope it’s not the last [title] for me.”

Paire became the first player to win titles on the ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures circuit in the same season since Steve Darcis in 2006. He is the fifth player to win on both the ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour this year (Ram, Mahut, Vesely, Estrella Burgos), having prevailed at the Challenger stops in Bergamo and Quimper.

Robredo was attempting to capture his third title at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament (2006, 2008), and his 12th clay-court trophy overall. The Spaniard, now 12-11 in tour-level finals, took home €42,100 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

“I really wanted to win,” said Robredo. “I think I had a lot of chances. He also had chances and he got them.

“I’m happy. Before coming here, I wasn’t expecting to be in the final. I think this is a good start of the season for me, so let’s see if I can keep doing the same.”