France's Benoit Paire aiming to win Metz title


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France's Benoit Paire aiming to win Metz title

French tennis star Benoit Paire says he loves to play in front of his home fans as he hopes to make it all the way at the Moselle Open in Metz. After a first round bye in Metz, third-seeded Paire overcome a tough opener at the tournament as he came from a set down to beat fellow compatriot Richard Gasquet 3-6 6-3 6-4 in just over an hour and a half of play.

Paire, a former world No. 18, fell just short of winning it all in Metz two years ago as he ended runner-up in the final to Peter Gojowzcyk of Germany. Earlier this season, 30-year-old Paire claimed his first ATP title on the French soil when he beat rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Lyon final.

"It's still a nice win against Richard (Gasquet) in Metz, I'm always happy to win in France. I won Lyon, I will try to win Metz," Paire said, per L'Equipe. Next up for Paire will be French world No. 98 Gregoire Barrere, who came from a set down to beat fellow compatriot Antoine Hoang.