Krajinovic stuns Isner to reach final

Krajinovic stuns Isner to reach final

Krajinovic stuns Isner to reach final

Qualifier Filip Krajinovic stunned world number 14 John Isner to reach Sunday's final of the Paris Masters.

Krajinovic is the lowest-ranked player to reach a Masters final since then-World No. 191 Andrei Pavel in the French capital in 2003.

Isner, 32, needed to win the tournament to grab the last place for the year-ending eight-man event in London from Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

The Serbian has shot up the rankings in recent months to 77th in the world, and will continue to climb after defeating Isner 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5), as a final against Jack Sock or Julien Benneteau awaits.

Frenchman Benneteau was a popular victor against Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals but he was unable to deliver in the last four at the Bercy Arena, where Sock won 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 19 minutes.


Pablo Carreno Busta now holds the final place but will be overtaken by either Isner or Jack Sock should either win in Paris.

Breaks were traded freely in an inconsistent opening set, but it was home favourite Benneteau who fell behind at the crucial moment, giving up his serve in the 11th game and seeing Sock hold to take the opener.

The American prevailed in an extremely tight first set, while the sixth-seeded Dimitrov got a late service break in the second set that enabled him to draw even.

The match came down to a third-set tie-breaker, which Isner won comfortably to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.

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