ATP Metz: Benoit Paire tops Richard Gasquet. Simon and Krajinovic advance

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ATP Metz: Benoit Paire tops Richard Gasquet. Simon and Krajinovic advance

Former Metz finalist and the 3rd seed Benoit Paire is through to the quarter-final, beating Richard Gasquet 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes. Gasquet claimed seven of the previous eight encounters against Paire but it wasn't to be for him in this one, getting broken three times and erasing only two of those to propel Benoit through.

Richard was the finalist here 15 years ago and it looked like he could reach another one this week, taking the opening set with a break in game six and with just five points lost behind the initial shot. Out of sudden, Paire raised his level in set number two, serving well and taking the last three games for a 6-3, sending the clash into a decider where the more experienced played forged a 4-2 advantage.

It wasn't to be for Gasquet, though, dropping the remaining four games to push Paire into the quarters and end his run in the second round. Gregoire Barrere is through to the first ATP quarter-final, beating another player with a wild card Antoine Hoang 3-6, 7-6 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes, coming back from a set and a break down and fending off a match point in the tie break for a complete turnaround, rattling off 14 straight points to move 3-0 up in the decider.

Hoang pulled one break back but it was all over when Gregoire grabbed another break at 4-2, sealing the deal on own serve in the eighth game for a career-best result. The defending champion Gilles Simon toppled Marius Copil 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 17 minutes, dropping only nine points on serve and securing three breaks from 11 chances to control the scoreboard all the time, moving over the top with a break in game ten in set number two that pushed him into the second round.

Filip Krajinovic is through to the fourth quarter-final of the season, ousting Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 51 minutes. The Serb won just four points more than his rival and it was a close battle right from the start, with only three breaks of serve overall.

Verdasco had a better rhythm in the first set, serving well and earning a break in the sixth game when Filip sent a backhand long. The Spaniard closed the opener with three winners at 5-3 and they stayed neck and neck until the tenth game of the second set when Filip broke at love after a backhand mistake from Verdasco to set up a decider.

There, Krajinovic saved a break point in game three and moved in front with a break in the next game when Verdasco netted a volley. Serving for the win, Filip blasted an ace at 5-3 to secure the victory and reach the quarters, staying on the course for the first ATP title.