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Munar vs Paire ATP Marrakech Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Impressive young gun Munar targets second ATP semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 12 Apr 2019
  • Jaume Munar vs Benoit Paire is live from Marrakech on Friday, 12 April from 2:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST
  • Paire won their only previous meeting in Barcelona last year 6-2 6-2
Jaume Munar

Spanish young gun, Jaume Munar attempts to reach just his second ATP Tour semi-final when he takes on Frenchman, Benoit Paire in Marrakech on Friday.

Munar earned his spot in the last eight when he pulled off the biggest win of his career against Marrakech top seed and world No. 3, Alexander Zverev in the second round. The Spaniard had failed to serve out the opening set at 5-3, while he missed a set point with Zverev serving at 5-6, but the young gun cast that disappointment to one side to produce an impeccable tie break, winning six of the seven points.

Zverev unsurprisingly fought back to dominate the second set and even the match, but Munar regained his poise in the final set, winning five of the last six games to pull off a brilliant 7-6 2-6 6-3 victory over the German.

“Sascha is a great player and this is a magical moment for me,” Munar said. “I’m very happy. I feel very well here and this victory means a lot to me.”

It's been a very steady year for the Munar, especially on clay, where he has made quarter finals in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio. His best hard court result was a quarter final in Pune at the start of the year. Since then, he's won just one match from three hard court tournaments, against India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran in Miami.

He opened his Marrakech campaign with a three-set victory over Argentine, Facundo Bagnis before recording that superb win over Zverev in the second round. The 21-year-old is looking to reach his first semi-final since Kitzbuhel last August, when he defeated Yannick Hanfmann, Robin Haase and Taro Daniel before losing to Martin Klizan.

Munar had begun 2018 ranked 184th in the world, and dipped to 200th in April, but he ended the year inside the top 100 and had elevated himself to being one of the best youngsters in the sport. Apart from Kitzbuhel, the other highlights of his season were a round of 16 showing in Winston-Salem, consecutive Challenger titles in Prostejov and Caltanissetta, and a semi-final finish at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, where he was eliminated by Alex De Minaur. 

Munar is currently at a career-high ranking of 60th following his steady start of the year, and he will attempt to take another big step forward when he plays Paire on Friday.

Mercurial Frenchman, Paire is contesting just his second ATP Tour quarter final of the season, and a first since the opening week of the year in Pune. He has found tour-level victories very hard to come by since then, winning only two matches in his next eight tournaments. Those wins came on French soil in Montpellier and Marseille, while he crashed at the first hurdles in Auckland, the Australian Open, Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami. He arrived Marrakech on a four-match losing run at tour-level. 

While he struggled on the main tour, he had one very good run at Challenger level, reaching the final in Marbella at the end of March.

Paire opened his Marrakech account with a three-set victory over Aljaz Bedene before easing past compatriot, Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 in the second round. A fine serving performance against Herbert featured 7 aces, and a 91% first serve conversion rate (29/32), while he saved the two break points he faced, and overcame some late Herbert resistance, before sealing the win after an hour and 17 minutes.

Paire has not made an ATP Tour semi-final since last January, when he made the last four in Sydney, which clearly explains the steady decline of his ranking to its current mark of 69th. The Frenchman has a career-high ranking of 18th.

The 29-year-old scored a 6-2 6-2 victory over Munar in their only previous meeting in Barcelona last season, but Munar has got better and more comfortable with the tour since then, and will definitely be more competitive on Friday.

Paire at his very best will probably have too much for Munar, but the Spaniard will be buoyed by his second round victory over Alexander Zverev. Munar is a very tenacious competitor, and against the inconsistent Paire, the young Spaniard is on for another win here.

Jaume Munar vs Benoit Paire is live from Marrakech on Friday, 12 April from 2:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST

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