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Paire Sets Up Andujar Final

Paire Sets Up Andujar Final

Benoit Paire will face Pablo Andujar in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II after beating fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The omens were not good for Paire as he had never taken set off his hard-hitting opponent in their three previous encounters, but progressed to Sunday’s showpiece with a 2-6 6-4 6-3 success in Marrakech.

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Tsonga was too hot in the first set and led by a break in the decider before the world number 69 held on to turn things around and earn a famous win. “He played well in the beginning and I was struggling with the sun,” said Paire. “I’m very happy that I won today because this is the first time I beat him.”

Waiting on the other side of the net will be three-time champion Andujar, who was far too good for Gilles Simon. He beat the fourth seed 6-1 6-1 in a match that lasted just 74 minutes and is the favourite to make it four this weekend. The 33-year-old, who beat British number one Kyle Edmund to lift the trophy 12 months ago, having first triumphed in 2011, is hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

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“The tournament is very strong this year with a lot of good players,” Andujar said. “My goal is to win tomorrow. After my injury I’ve always said that my goal is to be healthy. Of course I want to win tomorrow and I will give my best.”

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