Krajinovic and Sock eye history in Paris

Filip Krajinovic

Filip Krajinovic and Jack Sock will both chase the biggest wins of their career when they meet in Sunday’s final of the Paris Masters.

Neither player has ever tasted success in a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, so the final will be a huge occasion for both of them.

In fact, Krajinovic will be gunning for his maiden title on the ATP Tour so a victory for him on Sunday would be a huge Cinderella story.

But Sock also has plenty to play for. Besides the title itself, victory would also see him qualify for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London.

The opening semi-final between Krajinovic and John Isner was as tight as can be, featuring just one break of serve across three gruelling sets.

Krajinovic surprised the ninth seed early by saving three break points in the second game of the match before snatching a crucial break of his own a few games later.

The Serbian turned that advantage into a one-set lead, but from that point on Isner refused to give an inch.

The American was ruthless on serve, firing 31 aces to his opponent’s 12, and boasting an overall first-serve percentage of 80%.

But Krajinovic was also proving a hard nut to crack, and after losing the second set in a tie-break, he managed to edge the breaker at the end of the third for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5) victory after more than two and a half hours on court.

Afterwards, an emotional Krajinovic described the victory as the ‘best day of my life’.

The second semi-final between Sock and local favourite Julien Benneteau was a more straightforward affair, with Sock taking control of the match late in the first set before dominating the second for a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Benneteau was competitive in the early stages, twice battling back from a break down to get back on level terms, but a third break for Sock at 5-5 proved to be the end of his resistance, with Sock serving out the set before claiming two more breaks in the second for a comfortable victory.

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