By Chris Oddo / Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It was a good year for up-and-coming Frenchman Benoit Paire. Not only did he continue to capture the imagination of the public with his own special brand of eclectic shotmaking, he also put up some pretty solid results, reaching his second career final in Montpelier and also reaching his first career Masters semifinal in a breakout performance in Rome.
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At only 24 years of age, and blessed with a rare blend of creativity, power and panache, many feel the Frenchman is a future top 10 player and maybe even better. This season he reached a career-best No. 24 in the ATP rankings, and is currently hovering right round that number.
There is certainly room for improvement in Paire's game, most notably with his focus and consistency, but one thing the he does not need to work on is his overhead smash.
Watch how Paire completely obliterates his frame during his first-round match at the Paris Masters on Monday. Paire would lose the match to French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets, but perfectly executed smashes like these point to a very bright future for the Avignon, France, native.
In other words, eat your heart out Ernests Gulbis.