ATP Cup: Anderson beats Paire to deny France

BRISBANE (Australia): former world number seven Kevin Anderson returned from the brink of defeat in Brisbane on Wednesday to get off Benoit Paire and put an end to the hopes of France to reach the quarter-finals of the inauguration ATP Cup .

Paire broke into the first set and was serving for the game with 5-4 when his service imploded.

Anderson won the second set, but was on the ropes in the third when Paire suffered another collapse to deliver the game to the South African 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5).

Sometimes you have a bit of luck: Benoit played a great game and was the best player for a long time, Anderson said. I could only stay.

Formerly, French captain Gilles Simon He was forced to pass the Group A draw with only 15 minutes of notice when number one Gael Monfils He retired injured.

With Paire playing at number one, Simon faced Lloyd Harris and returned from losing the first set to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

South Africa won the doubles to take the 2-1 draw when Ruan Roelofse and Raven Klaasen beat Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-4.

In the first draw of the day, Novak Djokovic won three individual victories of three with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Cristian Garin, the 33rd in the world, to win the draw for Serbia after Dusan Lajovic won before Nicolas Jarry 6 -2, 7-6 (7/3).

Jarry and Alejandro Tabilo regained some pride for Chile when they beat Viktor Troicki and Nikola Cacic in doubles 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).

Djokovic said he enjoyed the challenge of the ATP Cup .

To be honest, I never cared to face the harsh adversity of the blockades and have high intensity matches since the first day of the season, said Djokovic, 16-time Grand Slam winner.

I had Kevin Anderson who was playing some extraordinary tennis. I thought it was the toughest match I've played here in Brisbane.

And again against (Gael) Monfils, although they were straight sets, there were still many rallies and it was quite long and exhausting.

I am really happy with the challenges I have had in the last six, seven days here, and I hope that allows me to build my form for Sydney and Melbourne later.

Serbia now travels to Sydney, where it will face Canada in the quarterfinals and Djokovic said he hoped to have even more support from Serbian fans there than in Brisbane.

I enjoy it, I enjoy the fact that we will really go to a different city together, we will travel today, we will practice there tomorrow, we will play in a different environment, he said.

Sydney has a great Serbian community, hopefully the support can be as good as here, even better.