Sock Wins Paris Indoor, Qualifying for ATP Finals
by Staff | November 5th, 2017, 3:25 pm
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There was so much on the line for Jack Sock on Sunday at the Paris Masters. A first Masters 1000 title. Qualifying for his first year-end ATP Finals. Finishing the year as American No. 1 for the first time.


Sock lost the first set Sunday, then rebounded to complete his career-best regular season, defeating qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

“There have been a lot of firsts,” Sock said on court afterwards. “It started at the French Open with my first fourth-round of a Slam, now I’ve won my first Masters 1000 in Paris. This will be my first time in the Top 10 and this will be the first time making the year-end finals. So there’s a lot going on right now emotionally and I can’t wait to enjoy it all with my team.”

In one week the 25 year old vaulted from No. 24 to No. 8 in the 2017-only standings, a feat he says he didn’t realize was possible, not knowing he could qualify for the year-end event entering the tournament.

Sock also ended a seven-year drought for an American raising the trophy at a Masters-series event, since Andy Roddick at Miami in 2010. The total between the two dates was 69 straight Masters 1000 titles for European players. He’s also the first Paris Masters winner in 18 years (Andre Agassi in 1999) and the first American at the year-end finals in six years (Mardy Fish in 2011).

“I’d be lying if I said that 18 months ago I was mentally prepared to win matches like this,” Sock said. “It’s something I’ve worked really hard towards. It’s something that, if you put your nose down and keep fighting, good things will happen. Crazy things can happen. That’s sports and that’s why we play.”

In the third set Sock broke for a 2-1 lead then rolled, failing to drop another game as Krajinovic looked out of gas after a long three-set semifinal on Saturday over John Isner.

“I had a golf trip with Isner next week in Augusta, which would have been pretty special, but I’ll look forward to seeing him at his wedding in a couple months,” Sock said of his new plans for the year-end championships in London.

It was Sock’s career-best third title of the year after smaller titles at Auckland and Delray Beach. Sock in reaching the year-end final in one week’s time leapfrogged Pablo Carreno Busta, Isner, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut and Albert Ramos-Vinolas to qualify in London.

Krajinovic was competing in only his second tour-level event of 2017, approximately two years after wrist surgery that put his promising career on hold.

“From qualies I beat so many good guys with a better ranking than me,” said Krajinovic, who won five challenger-level titles this year. “I’m sad I didn’t finish it stronger but that’s the tennis. Somebody has to win and he was better today. I know that I will work even more right now.”

Sock improved to 4-4 in career finals. The 25-year-old Serb Krajinovic is 0-1 in career finals, and will leap from No. 77 to being seeded at the 2018 Australian Open.


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28 Comments for Sock Wins Paris Indoor, Qualifying for ATP Finals

Wog Boy Says:

In the interview for French papers Filip’s coach, Petar Popovic revealed few things that very few people knew (including myself) that Nole always believed in Filip even when Filip doubted himself, that he was paying for his coach and even literary gave him apartment in Belgrade as gift so he could concentrate on tennis, Filip is coming from the beautiful country town in NW Serbia on Hungarian border.

If Petar Popovic looks familiar to some of you it is because he was the coach of Andrea Petkovic and Dr Ivo until few months ago when he took over Filip, in May Filip was #294 in the world, his goal was to finish in top100, he is #33(?) now.

This is what Peta Popovic said about Nole and stoping in Paris at the beginig of the masters to go out for a dinner with all Serbian players in Paris, use google translate:

“Srbija je mala država, a svi njeni teniseri su jako bliski. Pre početka Mastersa u Parizu, bili smo svi na večeri sa Novakom Đokovićem, koji je prolazio kroz Pariz na putu ka Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama. Znate, Novak je oduvek verovao u Filipa. Plaćao mu je trenera, čak mu je poklonio stan u Beogradu. Oduvek je znao da Filip može da bude veliki igrač. Čak i kad Filip nije verovao u sebe. Kad su ga oborile povrede, Nole je bio uz njega – prenosi Alo, izjavu Petra Popovića Filipovog trenera francuskim medijima.”


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen Filip playing until Isner match, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I’ve seen.
I read on the other thread somebody said that Isner should’ve won that match and start thinking that that person hasn’t seen the match at all unless he was thinking that John Isner should’ve won because he is John Isner and the other dude is Filip Krajinovic.
John Isner didn’t have a single break point in entire match, his serve was 80% with 31 aces, I mean you got to give a credit to Filip for that win, no?

Margot gave pretty accurate summary about Filip’s tennis and possible future.


skeezer Says:

Congrats Sock, nice title for him…… a Masters!


rognadfan Says:

The reality is if John Isner plays against 500 ranked players 100 times, there is a very high chance that the outcome will be 50/50. His ground game will never be able to impose anything whatsoever on most pros on the tour because majority of them have good groundstrokes + movement and fast enough serve.
He, on the other hand only has that serve, and really nothing else for a killer weapon.

This serbian fella seems to have a pretty solid ground game. So, I am not surprised at all. It’s actually expected with such type a player.

A serve bot will always always have a coin-toss type of match with every other pro ranked outside of 50. Guys Above that will probably win more often with him.
That said, he is making a good living doing what he loves. And he’s got one weapon that enables him to do so.
So congrats to him too.

Huge congrats to Sock. Great win and year for him.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@rognadfan respectfully disagree. Isner has more than a serve or he wouldn’t be ranked as highly as he is. His Forehand is quite good and his backhand is not bad either. Where he falls short against top players is movement especially change of direction, balance and return of serve. All of the really tall players have that problem. Dr. Ivo and Isner are both have top service hold stats and terrible return stats. If any player of that size ever were to be able to have merely a mediocre return of serve they would dominate the tour.


Giles Says:

Very impressed with this young man, hope we see more of him. I suppose in the end experience won the day


Van Persie Says:

I rooted for Filip, but I think he was to pleased with his result and Sock was more determined to win


lylenubbins Says:

Congrats go Sock! He has the big game. Let’s hope he can build on this.


t4t Says:

Giles @ 5:47am
We already knew there was something rotten what with ATP/ITF throwing fairplay to the winds and openly favoring the man who cannot be named….


t4t Says:

Hope next year Djokovic and Murray are back fighting fit.


Giles Says:

t4t. Lol. Wonder who came up with this trashy idea?


t4t Says:

WTA has been shamelessly exploiting their women players eg Anna Kornikova. ATP/ITF were earlier openly favoring certain players through seeding but after the players protested, 3 of the grand slams went strictly by the rankings. However Wimbledon is an exception. It has some formula for the men but no formula for the women.
As we have seen, although most of the grand slams are going by ranking, the draw of the unseeded players is not done in the open. The positions of players ranked 1 and 2 is fixed in the draw so it is easy to give them the draw the ITF wants. In addition, looking at the part of the draw done in the open ( seeded players), there seems to be some magician at work to do the hanky panky right before the eyes of the public.


Margot Says:

Kath: I think Andy will be ranked 16 come next year. Likely to meet all sorts of horribly dangerous players early on at AO, then any combo of Rog/Raf/Nole at quarters. Eek!


Dan The Man Says:

I’m kind of surprised that the article doesn’t even mention that Sock didn’t play any players in the top 25 to win this event. That’s the big story. I’m not trying to diminish his win, there were top 10 players in the tournament when it started, but let’s face it, this hasn’t happened in at least the last 15 years on the men’s tour. The new criteria for winning may be keeping from getting injured. Very few players have broken through in the last 15 years to win a Masters 1000 title, but I sense that with the big 5 (incl. Wawrinka), all being over 30 years old now, we are about to see a whole lot of new names winning big events. Based on what happened at the U.S. Open with Anderson and Carrena Busta making the final and semis, it’s just a matter of time now before we’ll see other players winning the Slams now too. If not in 2018, I guarantee we will see that by 2019.


skeezer Says:

“…the article doesn’t even mention that Sock didn’t play any players in the top 25 to win this event.”

Kinda the norm now ya know…..look at the winner of the USO.


Leo Says:

Dan the man. See for 2017 us Open…from tennis-X article.
As for the draw, sure Nadal was gifted without having to face anyone in the Top 25.
So, not a first in 15 yeAr’s


j-kath Says:

Yep Margot: A few days ago I said Andy – with any luck – might end up as no. 15 – not that that is any better than 16. All we can say is it will show where he is at should he meet Tom, Dick and Harry. One nwsp. saying he has arthritis of the hip – gives one low expectations – but we can make a wish for the New Year for Andy


rognadfan Says:

@Tennisfansince1976

Everyone even semi pros can hit almost 100 mph FH/BH from their favorite positions or rather from comfortable positions.
Also, I am pretty sure 90% of the guys on tour actually have more consistent FH/BH than him.

That’s exactly where movement comes in, that means you should be able to make it decent shots on the run from side to side. I am not talking about the running FH/BH passing shots, but normal rallies where you try to construct the point.
His ranking is pretty high, no denying that. That’s because, he has more or less equal chance with everyone, top or bottom. And that was my point about why his loss to the serbian kid was not surprising at all. So, playing different players with equal chances of winning because of the serve makes him maintain a relatively high ranking, hence I mentioned the ‘good living’.


AndyMira Says:

Jk & M…It’s okay if Andy have to face Tom,Dick & Harry in every tournament for the first 3 months next year….He NEEDS to face them to rebuild his game back…to test his tennis skills,his fitness,his movement…everything…he needs to build his game bit by bit…so,facing a top player can only do him good..not the opposite..But,rest assured ladies..a Champion is still a Champion..He’ll get there in the end..Let’s pray for his health will get better in 2018/19…Then everything will come naturally after that…I expect the same with Novak…


t4t Says:

ooh the cult thinks only their idol has the right to have weak competition. Weak era for 5 years followed by cupcake draws ( skeezer confirms they are rigged) for himself and tough draws for his chief rivals. Now poor Nadal whose body has been wrecked by tough schedules, unfair allocation of courts etc is given a tough draw for USO and Fed as usual is given a cupcake. But luck favors Nadal and the draw opens up. The cult is going to town about how Nadal did not have to face strong opponents!
Come on guys, your idol has been able to pad his stats by weak competition for years and then further pad by weak draws and surfaces made to order! Let Nadal be lucky at least once. Your guy has been lucky 19 times!!!!!


skeezer Says:

“skeezer confirms they are rigged”
Lies lies lies. You are a worn tire already. Give it up.
The only thing that is lucky is you are allowed to keep posting here with your lying accusations. That…..is lucky.
It s ok to be jealous, just own up to it.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Rognadfan, for what its worth, Isner ranks 88th on ATP in % of return games won.


j-kath Says:

Dan the Man:

Kevin Anderson is older than Nole and Andy.

Thanks A-M: Optimism always pleasing to read – but I think I need arthritis removed from Andy’s “story” and then maybe I can grit my teeth and try and see what a grin feels like.


Tennis Stud Says:

Sock made the most of the opportunity presented to him. Congratulations !


t4t Says:

skeezer@11:33pm
“The only thing that is lucky is you are allowed to keep posting here with your lying accusations. That…..is lucky.

What does that mean? Is that a threat?
And yes, I am not jealous. I feel sorry for the cult that their hero depends on weak competition etc You guys must be ashamed! My heart goes out to you! Some of you, I know, became Djokovic fans to escape the shame!


skeezer Says:

^no threat, just truth baby.

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