For the third consecutive year, Båstad saw a player lifting an ATP trophy for the first time.
In 2013, we saw the emotional first title of Carlos Berlocq. In 2014, it was the no less emotional first crown of Pablo Cuevas.
This year, the title went to the man who defeated the defending champion, Benoît Paire.
Impressive from end to end in this tournament, not dropping a single set this week and defeating top seed David Goffin as well as defending champion Pablo Cuevas on his way to the final, the 26-year-old defeated two-time champion Tommy Robredo 7-6(7), 6-3 to claim his maiden ATP title.
If Paire’s win was not as emotional as Berlocq’s or Cuevas’s, it was nevertheless a very uplifting triumph for a player who has been plagued with injuries over the last year and had to fight his way back up the rankings.
Benoît Paire is the fourth Frenchman to win a title this year on the Tour, after Richard Gasquet (Montpellier, Estoril), Gilles Simon (Marseille), and Nicolas Mahut (‘s-Hertogenbosch). Later this Sunday, Adrian Mannarino will try to follow Paire’s lead and claim his first ATP crown against defending champion Bernard Tomic, in Bogotá, and become the fifth Bleu to win a title in 2015.