Sock Seeks Paris Title And London Berth Sunday Against Cinderella Krajinovic
by Staff | November 4th, 2017, 7:05 pm

The final spot in the ATP Finals will be decided on the final day of the regular season. Jack Sock will clinch his first berth in the London ATP Finals and win his first Masters title Sunday as he takes on the surprising qualifier Filip Krajinovic.

Should Sock lose, then the 8th spot goes to Pablo Carreno Busta.

Krajinovic ended hopes of an all-American final and John Isner’s chances for London by stunning the giant in three sets 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(5).

In a tight third set, Isner had break chances early then was up 3-0 and 4-2 in the breaker, but the 25-year-old came up with the goods at the right time.

“The emotions are amazing. It was a tough mental match,” Krajinovic said. “When I served for the match, my hand was shaking. It was tough to control the emotions, but I knew I have to stay aggressive all the way to the end. I did it, and it’s the best day in my life.”

By reaching the final, the 77th-ranked Krajinovic will be seeded at the Australian Open, that after losing in qualies at the US Open. And he’s trying to become the first qualifier to win a Masters title since Albert Portas won in Hamburg in 2001 (Portas was also the last player to win his maiden ATP title at a Masters).

This fall, the Serb has 19 of his last 20 matches including qualifying, two Challenger titles and a Moscow second round where he suffered his lone loss to Ricadis Berankis.

“I suffered a lot and I’ve had a lot of injuries in my career,” said Krajinovic. “But I stayed calm. I knew that one day everything will come back. I didn’t believe it’s going to happen this year, this tournament. Coming from qualies it’s an amazing feeling. Now I’m Top 40 in the world. I didn’t expect that also. My goal was to be Top 100 at the end of the year. And now, I’m just happy and emotions are big.

“A couple years ago I was starting to play better and better and I broke into the Top 100. Then all of a sudden they saw that I have an extra bone in my wrist. So I had to take care of that. It was hard. It was mentally really tough because getting older and older, all the sponsors said no to me. It was hard for me, but my family stayed with me and now I’m here.”

In the second match, French favorite Juliean Benneteau’s hopes for a first ATP title (0-10 in finals) were dashed by Sock who cruised 7-5, 6-2.

“To be completely honest, I had no idea I could still make London even if I was to win the tournament. I didn’t know if I was going to be even close. I had a good start to the year and a very bad middle and towards the end of the year. To be able to regroup and get that confidence back and play some of the tennis I’ve been able to play in the last few matches is big for me,” Sock said after his semi-final win against home favourite Julien Benneteau. “I should have been out first round here, in my first match, so I’m kind of just playing with house money now as you’d say. And just enjoying it.”

Neither Sock nor Krajinovic have been to a Masters final, and for Krajinovic it’s his first ATP final.

“I know I have the game, that’s for sure,” Krajinovic. “I just need to believe and to play with those guys every week. So next year it’s going to be like that, playing with those guys. I’m going to be ready and then we’ll see.”

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22 Comments for Sock Seeks Paris Title And London Berth Sunday Against Cinderella Krajinovic

Tennis Magic Says:

Isner should have won his semi finals and if Sock loses then there is something wrong with American tennis. There can be no better opportunity for Sock to win his first Masters 1000 title

Margot Says:

First set Filip! Wowzer!

Van Persie Says:

Lol Tennis Magic, American Tennis is no longer a power in ATP since 2 decades almost.

t4t Says:

Sock not giving up! Whoever wins, it would be great. I am a little tired of the same players winning everything.

Margot Says:

Tubs bites back. One set each.

skeezer Says:

And Sock wins the 2nd. It’s on.

skeezer Says:

“Tubs” LOL. And you thought that would slip by un noticed ;)

Margot Says:

skeeze: just sayin’…..And hes hit rather a “purple patch” as they say. Experience showing?
t4t: agree. Am loving this final

Margot Says:

And Tubs wins. Well done. Some sensational shot making from him in the 3rd. Looks like he really wanted to get to London and good for him. And so good he got there on a win and not by default.
Now off to weight watchers with you…..;)
As for Filip, do hope we see a lot more of him in 2018 and he stays injury free. Don’t think he’s top 5 but definitely top 20 and maybe, with the old gen fading, even top 10. Fabulous speed round the court, fabulous box of tricks at his disposal and fabulous calm personality. Is this love I’m feeling tennisxers?……;)

j-kath Says:

Margot: “Is this love I’m feeling….”

Perhaps more like desperation?

Margot Says:

Well Kath he does remind me of Andy but then all the players I like remind me of Darling Andy :'(
BTW Have you seen any pictures of Andrew Garfield? He’s a dead ringer for Darling Andy. Oh me oh my, I can now see you shaking your head and saying, “Poor, poor thing, she’s seeing Andy everywhere, there is no hope.”

t4t Says:

Great! Sock is the deserving winner but he does need to be less tubby. There is this Taylor Townsend who is also fat but if anyone says she is fat , it is claimed that she is being fat shamed. So it is not PC to say anyone is fat,. Some guy like Austin actually claimed Taylor has a body like Serena!
No wonder American tennis is in the doldrums. Andy Roddick was the last American of note. Rest are either spoilt with a sense of entitlement or not talented enough. Sloane was spoilt too but she seems to have improved. Let us wait and see.

t4t Says:

Correction….Andy Roddick was the last male American of note.

j-kath Says:

U are right Margot – Andrew Garfield looks quite a lot like our missing (tennis) link….not sure if we’ll see the charity match Andy vs Roger – think it’s 7th Nov…..
…will have to look again at the wee Serb – he’s 25 – he’ll have to get a move on – and maybe he’ll start vaulting the rankings. Thinking of the nextgen. Kygrios is quoted as saying he wants to be no. 1 asap.!!!

RZ Says:

Sock had a really good start to the year, and now a really good finish.

Giles Says:

Sock shock

AndyMira Says:

@JK..12:33pm…Hehehe….Very agree!

j-kath Says:



Danica Says:

I have big time disrespect for Filip dating back to his Serbia Open win over Donskoy. I would hope that he matured and is not a little prick anymore (pardonez mon Francais) but I was told of his behavior at the USO by a friend who watched him in qualies. I am glad he is finally fullfilling his potential, but unless he shows respect to other players and specially fans, he’ll not be one of those I’ll wake up in the middle of the night to watch.

Margot Says:

That’s very interesting, thank you. You don’t say how old Filip was on these occasions. Obviously I don’t condone disrespect, but sometimes I think being in the spotlight at a young age is very difficult. Really teenagers/early twenties should be kept out of sight until they learn manners!
I’ve worked with adolescents and offenders all my life, so I’m probably quite tolerant of bad behaviour – in the young I hasten to add.

Margot Says:

Danica: disrespect from players that is! Not you obviously!

Danica Says:

Understood! ;)
The incident I personally witnessed during a match was at the Serbia Open 2010 when Krajinovic was 18. The incident my friend referred to happened at the last USO meaning, two months ago. Sad to say that old habits die slow.

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