Commentators and fans were left bewildered after Italian Fabio Fognini won a game without hitting a ball when enigmatic Frenchman Benoit Paire served four double faults.
Fans were expecting a rollercoaster of a match when the fiery World No.17 Fognini was up against the unpredictable World No.28 Paire during the ATP Cup.
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And Paire certainly lived up to his reputation after Fognini won his second game of the match without hitting a ball.
Paire was serving at 1-1 when he served a double fault.
The Frenchman was clearly irked as he was struggling to see the ball toss with the sun on court.
But his next six serves were lacklustre – some serves missing by some distance – and Fognini won the game without hitting a ball.
Even Fognini appeared perplexed after throwing his hands up and looking at the umpire.
Paire stuns commentators after double faults
The commentators were rightfully taken aback.
“He is going to need to deal with that (the sun) and adjust his ball toss,” the commentator said.
But after a few double faults the commentators were stunned.
“Well that is extraordinary, I am not sure I have seen that ever at this level.
“A bunch of double faults, Fognini is gifted the break.”
Fans on social media were also stunned with some labelling the faults “pathetic”.
Pathetic 🎾 & behaviour!! 💩🤑😷🙈
— ❤💛#21in2021!! 💛❤ (@Vamosgirl1) February 2, 2021
Dimitrov did the same thing back in the day. Crazy how even top players can sometimes completely switch off
— vectorkoz (@vectorkoz) February 2, 2021
Benoit is just being….Benoit.
— Andre Bubbles (@AndreBubbles1) February 3, 2021
Massive respect for Paire. What a legend. Never ever seen a service game like that.
— Siddhant (@Siddhantguru) February 3, 2021
Watching tennis – Benoit Paire just served four consecutive double faults against Fabio Fogging! Wow… I’ve never seen that before…
— Josh 🐯 Hill (@joshtigerhill) February 2, 2021
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