The 59th World Player, Frenchman Benoit Paire, outplayed Italian Simone Bolelli, occupying the 136th line of the ATP rating, with a score of 6/4, 7/6 (1) at the start of the tournament in Marseille.
The meeting lasted 1 hour and 22 minutes. During this time, the 29-year-old Paire completed 12 aces, made a mistake four times in filing and sold three break points, and the 33-year-old Bolelli once filed right through, made one double mistake and made two breaks.
Previously, the score in personal meetings was 2-0 in favor of the Frenchman. Belgian David Goffin will be the next rival of Paire at the Open 13 Provence competition.