Home hope Paire ousts Wawrinka to reach semis

Feb 21, 2016, 09:56 IST | AFP

Marseille: France’s Benoit Paire ousted top seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 on Friday to join second seed Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the ATP Marseille Open.

Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka

Paire, seeded eighth, represents the last home hope in Marseille after Australian Kyrgios earlier whipped Richard Gasquet 6-0, 6-4. It was just the second win for the eighth-seeded Paire in eight meetings with his Swiss opponent and first since 2013.

The 22nd-ranked Frenchman will next play 12th-ranked Croat Cilic, who earlier got past Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4. Cilic, the number four seed, needed just 66 minutes to spoil 24-year-old Kuznetsov’s bid for a first ATP World Tour semi-final appearance at the seventh attempt. Cilic, 27, is looking to reach the Marseille final for the second time, having finished runner-up in 2011. But Paire won their only previous meeting in Chennai in 2013.

Gasquet had won two weeks ago in neighbouring Montpellier. But he was no match for the 41st-ranked Kyrgios, whose powerful serve helped him to a straightforward victory in under an hour.

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