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ATP Adelaide 2: Corentin Moutet and Benjamin Bonzi pass the 1st round

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It’s a good start for the Blues engaged in the second tournament in Adelaide this week. After Arthur Rinderknech’s qualification on Monday, Corentin Moutet and Benjamin Bonzi followed suit on Tuesday without losing a single set. They thus respectively mastered the German Jan-Lennard Struff (6-2, 6-4) and the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (6-3, 6-3). Note that Gaël Monfils, winner of the first ATP 250 in Adelaide last week, will enter the contention directly in the second round as the number 1 seed.

Disqualified last week for insulting the court, Moutet performed well for his comeback by overpowering an opponent much better classified than him (Struff is 50th player in the world, the 115th Frenchman). To win in just under an hour and a half (1h28), he was solid on important points, saving 7 break points out of 8, while converting 4 out of 5. He will face Marton Fucsovics for a place in the quarter-finals.

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For his part, Benjamin Bonzi was not disturbed by a change of program just before entering the court. Lorenzo Musetti, whom he had to face, forfeited, and Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, 76th in the world, was drafted to replace him. The Frenchman has completely mastered his subject, spending just over an hour on the court (1h10) without having a single break point to save. He will face American Tommy Paul in the next round.

For Benoît Paire, on the other hand, this return to school in 2022 is not encouraging. After having contracted the Covid again two weeks ago and having given up in his first game of the season (one game from the defeat) against the Swiss Henri Laaksonen in Melbourne, the Avignon player was only able to save four games against the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis who certainly remained on a semi-final already in Adelaide against Gaël Monfils last week. Pair remained in contact until 3-3 in the first set, before losing 9 of the last 10 games to lose (6-4, 6-0) in 1:10.

The French did not even manage to register a single game from 5-4 against him, conceding a scathing 7-0. In the second act, he no longer seemed to have the legs or the will to hang on. He will therefore approach the Australian Open without the slightest victory behind him.

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