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Paris Masters: Filip Krajinovic beats John Isner to reach final

05 November, 2017, 02:35 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Some rather unheralded names comprise today's semi-finals at the Paris Masters, and with matches getting underway at 13:00 United Kingdom time, our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, previews the action.

The American hit a service victor in all 5 points on serve and the victor was decided in the early stage, as he made two mini-breaks to grab a 3-0 lead after a big forehand error from Filip and a good return. Krajinovic then knelt and kissed the court. "Best day in my life but the tournament is not over yet".

In a thrilling match, Krajinovic took down the 9th seed and last year's finalist John Isner by 6-4 6-7 7-6 in 2 hours and 28 minutes to come on a verge of entering the Top 30, and earning a chance to play for his maiden ATP crown tomorrow. Isner has won 12 ATP titles and has $12,317,944 in career earnings. At nearly 36 years of age, the veteran Frenchman will certainly never get a better chance to win that elusive title, and doing so in his home country in a massive tournament would be a magnificent achievement, regardless of the quality of the field this week.

"I was able to. play my game, swing big, " Sock said. "Everyone knows (Krajinovic) is a very talented player and he's showcasing that".

"I had an opportunity here to do some things (ATP Finals) I've never done before, " Isner said.

Krajinovic reached the last four at Bercy after world number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament before their quarter-final on Friday.

The 77th-ranked Krajinovic had only won 17 matches in his whole career - thwarted by a wrist injury - before this tournament.

The tie-breaker was a tense affair but it was the younger of the two men who prevailed as Krajinovic become the first qualifier to reach the final in Paris since Jerzy Janowicz in 2012. Nadal has not said whether he will be fit enough to play in the Finals, starting on November 12.

Krajinovic blasted unreturnable serve on the T line, mighty releaved he made a hold and stay in contention.

The second set saw Isner regain some measure of control behind his serve but was relieved to see the Serbian miss a gilt-edged volley which would have brought up a break point at 2-2. "With how well I was serving today, that was essentially a match point". Isner had the advantage in the quickest rallies up to 4 shots, thanks to a huge number of service winners, and Krajinovic compensated that in the longer exchanges, where he showed the strength and consistency of his groundstrokes to oust the big server.

Krajinovic, who dropped out of the world's top 200 past year after surgery to remove an extra bone in his right wrist, dug deep to come through a deciding-set tie-break against the big-serving Isner, who struck 31 aces.

Krajinovic said his progress was stalled by "an extra bone in the wrist" that needed to be treated. "But it's still a really hard challenge to me".

He hasn't forgotten the support from countryman Novak Djokovic during his injury layoffs.

"We are very close friends", he told a press conference. Sock starts as favourite at a current [1.79], and this looks about right to me - my model priced him at [1.80] to make the final.

Nor has he forgotten the sponsors who dropped him when he was down. 'I was already top 100 two or three years ago; then I had bad luck with injuries'. 'But I can not talk about that now; it is tough enough for me to pull out from here'.

A whipped forehand victor into an open side of the court was enough for victory, prompting wild celebrations from Krajinovic's coach, Petar Popovic, who was topless as he shook his fists in delight.

'We all know Rafa, once he says he's going to do something he sticks to it, ' Forget said. "I knew him since I was 10".



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