Frenchman Benoît Paire (30th in the world) qualified for the final of the Winston-Salem tournament on Friday. He quaified after playing two games in the day on Friday, since bad weather hit North Carolina the day before. A storm had caused electrical problems in the lighting system of the courts. Pair had to dismiss the Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta (64) 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, before making a match with himself against the American Steve Johnson (82) in semifinal: 1-6, 6-0, 6-0. In the final, he will face Hubert Hurkacz of Poland (41), who took the best successively over American Frances Tiafoe (52) 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-1, and Denis Denis Shapovalov (38th) 6-3, 6-4.
The Avignonnais has won three titles in his career, each time on clay, in Bastad in 2015, and this year in Marrakech and Lyon. But he will play Saturday his first final on hard. Promising, while the US Open comes as early as Monday.
Men's Singles (quarterfinals):
Benoît Paire (FRA / N.1) Pablo Carreño (ESP / N.11) 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-3
Steve Johnson (USA) Beat John Millman (AUS / N.14) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Hubert Hurkacz (POL / N.3) beat Frances Tiafoe (USA / N.10) 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-1
Denis Shapovalov (CAN / N.2) Beat Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)
Men's singles (semi-finals):
Benoît Paire (FRA / N.1) Steve Johnson (USA) 1-6, 6-0, 6-0
Hubert Hurkacz (POL / N.3) defeated Denis Shapovalov (CAN / N.2) 6-3, 6-4
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