ATP Paris: Filip Krajinovic and Jack Sock advance to the big final

ATP Paris: Filip Krajinovic and Jack Sock advance to the big final

ATP Paris: Filip Krajinovic and Jack Sock advance to the big final

In a thrilling match, Krajinovic took down the 9th seed and last year's finalist John Isner by 6-4 6-7 7-6 in 2 hours and 28 minutes to come on a verge of entering the Top 30, and earning a chance to play for his maiden ATP crown tomorrow.

"I was starting to play better and better and I broke the top 100 a couple years ago and then all of a sudden they saw that I had an extra bone in my wrist", right-hander Krajinovic said.

The American was the runner-up past year and needs to win the tournament to reach the finals in London this month.

He was a runner-up in Paris previous year and again fell short of an elusive first Masters title.

Isner made it clear how much he wanted one those years pass "consistent".

Nadal, who has never won the Paris Masters, did not know yet whether he would be fit for London.

Krajinovic, ranked 77th in the world, will play another American - 16th seed Jack Sock - in the final.

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The Bulgarian, who already earned his first trip to the year-end finale, gained a 5-2 lead in the deciding set, and held one match point on Isner's serve.

His whole career came to that one last point and he delivered a forehand victor to seal the deal and fall down to the ground, unable to hide his emotions after one of his biggest wins in only his 5th Masters 1000 tournament.

Even allowing for the fact that Rafa Nadal's withdrawal had allowed him pass through to the semi-final unhindered - everyone needs their bit of luck - Krajinovic had produced some inspired, hard hitting tennis throughout the week while reserving his best for the unfortunate Isner.

One final ace levelled for Isner, but Krajinovic brought up a match point on his own serve with a magnificent backhand victor and clinched victory by crunching a forehand down the line.

The season-ending extravaganza ATP Finals at London's O2 this November ends another memorable year. Isner had the advantage in the quickest rallies up to 4 shots, thanks to a huge number of service winners, and Krajinovic compensated that in the longer exchanges, where he showed the strength and consistency of his groundstrokes to oust the big server.

Reaching the final is particularly sweet for a top-10 junior whose promising career was held back by an extra bone in his right wrist that needed treatment, following on from a right shoulder operation in 2011. "It was mentally really tough because, you know, getting older and older all sponsors said no to me".

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