Benoit Paire overcomes mental problems, praises Lucas Pouille

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Benoit Paire overcomes mental problems, praises Lucas Pouille

France's Benoit Paire revealed to L'Equipe that he has overcome mental problems and is now hoping to achieve good results on the court. 50th-ranked Paire, who is once again enjoying playing tennis, demolished world No.

18 and fellow compatriot Lucas Pouille in the Madrid Masters first round on Monday 6-2 6-3. Paire made a worrying confession after his Monte Carlo first round exit last month. Back then, the Frenchman said that he is "not particularly happy with his life" and that he could take a break until the French Open or Wimbledon.

Three weeks later after -- after his big win over Pouille -- Paire wrote on the camera after the match "I'm back." Paire defeated Pouille for the first time at the ATP level on Monday. Pouille, 24, still leads their head-to-head 3-1.

Paire praised fellow compatriot Pouille after the match, calling him a "very good player" and wishing him "all the best in the future." Paire will be meeting rising star Denis Shapovalov in the second round.

The two have no previous meetings. Also read: Istanbul runner-up Malek Jaziri: 'I have nothing to regret'