Benoit Paire (50th) is having a dream week at the Cincinnati Masters 1000, defeating Miomir Kecmanovic, Denis Shapovalov and John Isner for three consecutive victories for the first time since the 2020 Auckland ATP 250, when they reached the final.
The French extrovert, who reached 18th in the rankings in the 2016 season, is already in the quarterfinals in Ohio. In an unstable season, he ordered himself and achieved his best performance on the circuit since that tournament in the New Zealand city. Back then, 19 months ago, his four triumphs had been before Jannik Sinner, Thiago Monteiro, John Millman and Hubert Hurkacz, to fall in the final against his compatriot Ugo Humbert.
Previous to Auckland, Winston-Salem was the tournament in which Paire found a good level and also reached the definition, losing to Hurkacz. This indicates that in the last two opportunities in which the Frenchman chained three successes in a row, he always got the fourth. Can he beat Andrey Rublev and get into the semi-finals?