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Thanks to "preparation" in the Maldives?  Benoit Bayer wins the opening match at Madrid

Thanks to “preparation” in the Maldives? Benoit Bayer wins the opening match at Madrid

Benoit’s husband He won his inaugural match at the ATP Masters Championship in Madrid. The question: despite its unusual readiness or because of it?

By Florian Gusman

Last Modified: May 4, 2021, 11:01 PM

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Benoit’s husband

Benoit Paire recently grabbed the headlines, but his tennis wasn’t the reason. Paire made mostly frosty appearances, and was there every now and then very listless More angryNow and later After all, just an indifferent person. The current round, and Bayer recently rebuked, Be “sad, boring, silly” without spectators.

In Madrid, Bayer initially won against Munich winner Nikoloz Basilashvili 6: 4, 7: 5, and was only their third victory since the tour resumed in August 2020, with 16 defeats. Bayer celebrated accordingly: after all, a limited number of spectators were allowed in Madrid again.

Bayer and the Maldives strategy

Perhaps Pairs’ surprising victory is due to something else: a somewhat unusual preparation for the Masters Tournament. Because Paire had taken a vacation to the Maldives without further ado and shared it with his fan base via Twitter. A bottle of beer after snorkel included.

Shortly before the tournament kicked off, Bayer received criticism from Dominic Thiem, who indicated his path and interruption after the stimulus gap after appearing in Doha and Dubai. “I think my path was better: I took the time and canceled some events. And now the impulse is back, ” Tim explained it. Bayer responded that he had to work on vacation and was happy to see Tim on the tour again. Everyone can think and act as they want.

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“The most important thing for me is the head,” Bayer said after his victory. “When I’m mentally ready and focused on tennis, everything is different. When you play against people it changes a lot. So it was like a Davis Cup match for me today.”

Bayer seems to have done the Maldives break with the fans in the game quite well. Whether the series will appear is doubtful: in the second round he will now face fifth in the rankings list Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was in good shape this year, last won in Monte Carlo and Rafael Nadal fought a strong battle in Barcelona.

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