Noted tennis slacker Benoit Paire may be mending his lazy ways, with the bearded Frenchman producing a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 upset of Denis Shapovalov at the Cincinnati Masters second round.

The ATP No. 50 who has been barely-there during the entirety of the fan-free COVID-19 era, started coming back to life as he staged his late-night win and first defeat of a Top 10 opponent since 2017.

Paire’s win was only his 10th of the season against 22 defeats – nine of which came in the first round.

But the 32-year-old gave all credit for his unexpected revival to the full-house ambience around the grounds during this mask-free, non-socially distanced Midwest sporting week.

“I don’t know how I won, I just fought to the end – I haven’t done much for two years.”

Paire added: “The difference is the people, I love to play in front of crowds. 

“It has not been easy during Covid, but I enjoy playing now.”


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