Nadal Out Of Paris, New Masters Champ Confirmed Sunday; Americans Isner, Sock Bid For Last London Spot

by Staff | November 3rd, 2017, 10:46 pm

Pablo Carreno Busta is hanging on to the 8th and final spot at the London finals, but the Spaniard will be glued to the results from Paris this week.

If either John Isner or Jack Sock win Paris, Carreno Busta is out. And it’s not that farfetched after both Americans won today to reach the finals of the final Masters event.

Isner outlasted Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 denying the Argentine his spot in the London event.

“It was very satisfying and I was confident going into this match,” Isner said. “I took the court knowing that I’ve been playing pretty well. And also playing with a bit of house money after yesterday, being down 5-2 in the third set [v Dimitrov]. I sort of escaped yesterday and was given some new life today and I think I took advantage of it.”

Isner is trying to reach his 25h career ATP final (12-12), the third this year (2-0). He has never won an indoor title (0-2).

Jack Sock closed the day coming from a set down to beat Fernando Verdasco 6-7(3,) 6-2, 6-3.

Top seed Rafael Nadal was the story of the day withdrawing from his quarterfinal match against Filip Krajinovic with a right knee injury.

“I am sad enough to pull out from here. It’s a tournament that I have a lot of people that I know very well around the organisation, all the same people that organise Roland Garros. I feel like home here and for the relationship that I have with the French Federation, with everybody, it’s a very tough day for me. So it’s not the right day to talk about London,” Nadal said. “Only thing I’m going to say, I’m going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because it’s a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here.”

The Serb Krajinovic is into his first ATP Masters semifinal, and will next face Isner.

Sock moves on to meet French wildcard Julien Benneteau who shocked Marin Cilic 7-6(5), 7-5.

“I believe that win ranks quite high in everything I achieved in my career,” Benneteau said. “When it’s over, we’ll see what will be the final ranking. It’s a bit early to say. But, of course, individually, I believe it’s my most beautiful emotion ever.”

Benneteau is among the very best players to have never won an ATP title. He’s 0-10 in ATP finals.

If Sock or Isner win the title, they would move past Carreno Busta. So an All-American Sock-Isner final would be for the title and for a spot in Paris.

None of the four semifinalists have ever won a Masters title before. So on Sunday we’ll see a third different non-Big 4 Masters champion this year.

COURT CENTRAL start 11:45 am
[5] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) vs [9] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[WC] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs [16] J. Sock (USA)
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs [6] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

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19 Comments for Nadal Out Of Paris, New Masters Champ Confirmed Sunday; Americans Isner, Sock Bid For Last London Spot

Giles Says:

No Rafa, no tennis.
Get well soon Champ!

Margot Says:

LOl AM, if anyone in our little group, or even in the whole of the challenge, got these four then they are a tennis genius and I would have to curtsey to them…….fortunately for me no-one has…..;)

RZ Says:

Come on Benny! A first singles title for Benneteau in Paris would be magnifique.

Margot Says:

RZ: I was at the Davis Cup in Rouen this year and the support the French crowd had for Benneteau was amazing. This quite possibly will lift him today. Like you, I really hope he wins. Must stop the Cap invasion, if nothing else ;)

AndyMira Says:

M!…There is NO WAY any of us can predict this line up will go through to the semis M…No WAY!…I mean..all of them are really really out of sort..and Krajinovic..well…maybe luck..maybe really talented..we have to monitor him M..

Btw…How come a Witch From welsh can’t predict this M?I mean she’s a Witch…Power out lately?Or don’t pay a bill??Heh heh heh…

Oh!…It’s been a pleasure to ‘fight’ with u on TDC M!…It’s really fun!..Hope you’re not scared to fight with me again next year M!!…Woooohoooo!!

Giles Says:

AM. You and M have the strangest convos ever! 😄😄😄

AndyMira Says:

Giles!…..hahaha…I will let M give u the answer okay?Over to u Witch From welsh!

Margot Says:

Lol Giles, whoever would want to be normal?
AM: My witchety powers seem to be a bit low at the mo., indeedy, my cauldron is running on empty, but I’ll stoke it up for next year – C’mon!

AndyMira Says:

M!…Yeah!yeah!xcuse!xcuse!…But..for season finale..U do got your revenge by ending up on top of me…But,MJME & FD will comeback stronger next year M!..Beware!!Woooooohooooo!!

Margot Says:

Isner looks out of gas. Having said that, I’m very impressed with Krajinovic. I haven’t seen him play before but he has a very nice all court game and is cool, calm and collected.
Takes the first set.
Is this the end of Cap Man?

Margot Says:

One set each now. Experience telling in the tie.

Margot Says:

Bloody hell, I was almost as nervous as in an Andy match. An absolutely thrilling final tie break and when Filip lost the first point I thought he was down and out, but with fantastic courageous play HE WON!
Has a new fan here for certain.

Giles Says:

Rooting for Benny to win Paris. 👍👍

Margot Says:

Giles: tennistv commentators said Rafa will play WTF. You heard?

Daniel Says:

Sock one match away from qualifying and top 10 finish. Also ge can improve that raboing depending how well he fares in WTF.

Who would have thought at the beggining of the week. He was not even considered for London but as the ones with chances drop suddenly his path was opening.

Better him than PCB.

Margot Says:

Fair play to tubs he played really well. It’s a shame Benneteau’s dream has ended, however. Last chance saloon for him, I guess.
Quite momentous for Filip and Jack this Masters 1000.

Giles Says:

Margot. I don’t watch Tennis TV, I watch sky sports. Their news is untrue. We don’t know for certain but the chances are that he will not play.

t4t Says:

Feddy Boy is really lucky. First he was born 5 years or more before the big 3 so he could reign undisturbed over a weak era for 5 years. Then in 2017, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka are all the walking injured. Even luckier for him, Nadal is playing not at his peak but well enough to meet him several times and be beaten so Feddy can improve the h2h. ATP/ITF favor him and make no effort to hide their bias because he having reigned for 5 years has become part of the establishment and has enough money power through his sponsors to make ATP/ITF forget fairplay. Now he is going to WTF with the weakest players ever. ATP doesn’t even have to tax its brains to create a cupcake draw. It can do eeny meeny miny moe… and put any 3 guys in his group and it will be a cupcake. The Cult will now order millions of posters of Feddy and perform the XXXXX rituals and eeewwwwww!!!

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