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VIDEO: Benoit Pair Rips His Shirt in the Middle of a Point in His Match Against Daniil Medvedev at ATP Acapulco

It is a busy week for tennis fans, as some of the top stars in the world are in action this week in Dubai and Acapulco. Australian Open 2022 runner-up, Daniil Medvedev, is looking to win his first title of the season in Mexico. Further, in his first-round clash against the Frenchman Benoit Pair, an unusual incident took place which caught everyone’s eye.

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Benoit Pair tears his shirt during the match against Daniil Medvedev

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The two players were battling it out in a tightly fought second set of their opening encounter in Acapulco. During the ninth game, Pair ripped his shirt apart. He was seemingly struggling with the hot and humid weather in Acapulco. Fortunately, the Frenchman didn’t receive any warnings from the chair-umpire for his actions.

The match began with both the players holding their serves in their first service games. However, Medvedev soon took control of the proceedings, breaking Pair’s serve in the third game. Further, the two players held their serves until the final game of the first set, when Medvedev broke his opponent’s serve to win the first set 6-3.

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Abierto Mexicano – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – February 22, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his match against France’s Benoit Pair REUTERS/Henry Romero

However, the pair came back strongly in the second set. He broke Medvedev’s serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. However, the Russian showed his class as he broke back Pair’s serve in the Frenchman’s final two service games of the second set. The US Open champion eventually won the match 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes. He will face Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the second round.

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Medvedev can attain the top spot in the ATP rankings after this week

The Russian is having a consistent patch in recent tournaments. He finished as the runners-up in the opening Grand Slam of the season. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic failed to defend his Australian Open crown after being deported from Australia. In the process, the Serb lost 2000 valuable ranking points.

These events have presented Medvedev with a golden opportunity to rise to the top in the ATP rankings. He can dethrone Djokovic from the top spot if he wins the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco. However, he can still attain the No. 1 ranking if he loses, provided other scenarios go in his favor.

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