Veteran Verdasco (150/1) could not make his first set win count against 16th seed Sock on Friday and the American number three frustratingly bounced back to form at the wrong time for us. Sock went on to reach his third final of the season at Paris after brushing aside Wild Card and home hope Benneteau in straight sets yesterday. Sock will be going for his third title of the season, first ever Masters title win and if he repeats his 2014 Challenger Tour win against Krajinovic and lands his first Masters title today, he will also qualify for the NITO Year End Tour Finals in London, which will be as dramatic as his third set 5-1 deficit comeback against Edmunds this week.
The little-known Serbian Krajinovic aged 25 is having his best ever season on the ATP Tour having won five Challenger titles already this season, but his form this week is definitely a major step up on that, even though a lot of the established ATP Tour regulars he faced this week will have been feeling the effects of another long and gruelling season. Krajinovic is contesting his first ever ATP final and he became only the second qualifier (last Janowicz 2012) to reach the Paris Masters final over the last decade.
That’s it for the ATP Tour 2017 tournament season with just the NextGen ATP Finals next week and NITO ATP Year End Tour Finals the week after left to follow and I will give my thoughts on both events this and next Monday.