Mercurial Benoit Paire took home his first ATP title in four years Sunday beating Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 to win Marrakech.
It was his first ATP title since 2015 Bastad and he avenged a loss to Andujar from a few weeks ago at a Challenger in Spain.
“This is the second title of my career so I’m extremely happy tonight,” said Paire. “The first round and the semi-final against Jo were very difficult. I’m happy that I was able to get through. This is very important for my confidence and the match against Jo helped me a lot in that aspect. I hope that I can keep it up for the rest of the season. My goal is to move up in the [ATP Rankings] and continue playing well.
“Pablo beat me two weeks ago so I knew that I needed to play very well to win. I’m very happy with my whole week in Marrakech. I like this country and this city is unbelievable. I had already reached the semis here and was hoping to do better.”
The 29-year-old Paire is now up on the Spaniard 4-0 in tour matches.
“I’m very happy with my week,” said Andujar. “Benoit deserved to win today, as he was the better player. I played well during the last few weeks and I hope to continue like that.
“My career would be different without Morocco. I always play so well here and it feels like a second home. I really like the conditions here and I get a lot of support from the crowd.”
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