Paire claims glory in Marrakesh
Benoit Paire has won his first ATP Tour title in four years after beating Pablo Andujar in the Grand Prix Hassan II final.
The Frenchman went into Sunday's final in Marrakesh having not won on the tour since his victory over Tommy Robredo at the Swedish Open back in 2015, but he was at his dominant best against defending champion Andujar, prevailing 6-2 6-3 after just over an hour on court.
The victory was also extra sweet for Paire, who had lost to Andujar in the final of a Challenger event in Marbella just two weeks ago, a tournament he should have won as he had held match point during that encounter.
Paire's route to the final of this week's event had also been less than smooth, as he twice had to battle back from a set down, doing so against Aljaz Bedene in the first round and compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals.
The 29-year-old is projected to rise to number 43 in the world when the latest rankings are released on Monday, while Andujar, who had been on a 13-match winning run on clay, will be hoping the defeat is just a bump in the road as he continues to ease his way back to full fitness following elbow surgery.
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