Chardy beats Paire in all-French matchup

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Jeremy Chardy needed five match points to beat fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire and reach the second round of the Hamburg European Open on Monday.

Chardy finally converted match point to win 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 against Paire, who at 28th in the world is ranked 49 places higher. The fifth-seeded Paire struggled on serve in the deciding set, racking up six double faults and only one ace.

Chardy next plays either fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.

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