Benoit Paire reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the new season on Thursday when he knocked out defending champion Gilles Muller at the Sydney International.
A break of serve in each set – the seventh game of the first, and the fifth game of the second set – proved to be enough, coupled with 17 aces, for the talented Frenchman in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 72 minutes.
Paire has now beaten Muller in three of their four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. He will be hoping to go one better than at last week’s Tata Open Maharahtra, where he lost to Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals.
The 28-year-old Paire now waits on the winner of 18-year-old Australian wild card Alex de Minaur or 36-year-old Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who play later today.
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