Paire Qualifies For Main Draw

France’s Benoit Paire secured his place in the main draw of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday as he defeated Thiemo De Bakker 6-1, 6-2 in 51 minutes.

World No. 84 Paire will play the main draw of an ATP World Tour tournament for the third time this season, following appearances in Montpellier and Marseille.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin joined his countryman in the main draw, edging Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) in two hours and 45 minutes to the delight of the local crowd on Court Central. However, Paul-Henri Mathieu fell at the final hurdle in qualifying, losing 7-6(4), 6-1 to Andrey Kuznetsov.

There were also mixed fortunes for the Spaniards in action, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas beating Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5, but Albert Montanes falling 6-4, 6-4 to Diego Schwartzman.

Elsewhere, Dennis Kudla cruised past Swedish teenager, Elias Ymer, 6-4, 6-0, while World No. 120 Norbert Gombos advanced when Denis Istomic retired seven games into their contest.

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