Paire, Darcis advance at Open Sud de France

by: AP February 05, 2013

MONTPELLIER, France -- Benoit Paire took just 45 minutes to beat Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-0, 6-2 in the Open Sud de France first round on Tuesday.

The Frenchman had nine aces and did not face a break point. He used his powerful forehand to often force Menendez-Maceiras to the back of the court and broke the Spaniard's serve five times.

Paire amused himself in the last game with a half-volley played through his legs, which he followed up with a drop shot. He sealed victory on his third match point when Menendez-Maceiras hit a forehand wide.

Paire next plays Steve Darcis of Belgium, who beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 7-6 (0).

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