Quentin Halys made his debut in the big picture at Wimbledon. Despite the loss of the first round, the 82nd in the world was more consistent than Benoît Paire in this Franco-French duel of the 1st round. The 25-year-old from Ile-de-France won (4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4) to give himself the right to face Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (No. 22) or Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol.
While Benoît Paire seemed to be on his game, diligent and efficient during the first set, the first interruption by the rain changed everything. Paire had just won the first set 6-4 when the two players had to return to the locker room. On recovery, the former 18th player in the world began to talk to each other, more and more, to regret the state of the field (he always had a complicated relationship with the grass) or the fact that the sun chose to come out. from behind the clouds exclusively when serving in front of it.
Much more consistent in his involvement and concentration, Quentin Halys easily picked up sets 2 and 3. Slightly less annoyed in the fourth set, Paire nevertheless ended up dropping his serve at 3-3, after a game launched by a double fault and concluded by a winning return along the backhand line.
By winning in just 1h54 and four sets, Quentin Halys won the right to play his first Grand Slam second round in six years on Wednesday! This is the first time he has won a match at Wimbledon. Benoît Paire leaves with his mind still muddled but the firm intention, now that he is working with a shrink and a hypnotist, to get his head straight.