It took until he was 29 years old for Benoit Paire to finally made his Davis Cup debut.
And he made it count Friday.
After a rough start, Paire rolled over injured Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain, to give France a 1-0 lead in its World Group semifinal tie.
Paire was emotional during the national anthem, for this high-water moment in his career.
“I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could behave myself, fight to the end, and never give up,” Paire said.
Lucas Pouille won a five-setter to give France a 2-0 lead.