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Jack Sock Cliches Maiden Masters Title In Paris To Qualify For Nitto ATP Finals



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Jack Sock has ended America’s seven-year wait for a Masters 1000 champion after fighting his way past qualifier Filip Krajinović 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the Rolex Paris Masters.


The showdown at the AccorHotels Arena was a milestone occasion for both men. At stake for 25-year-old Sock was the chance to win his first Masters 1000 title and end the season as the highest ranked American player for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Krajinović was hoping to become the first qualifier to win the Paris title and the second Serbian to win a Masters trophy after Novak Djokovic.

On paper, Sock was the clear favourite, but it was the Serbian underdog that prevailed early on. Prior to Paris, Krajinović had only ever won one main draw match in a Masters event. His surge follows what has been a successful year on the Challenger tour, where he clinched five titles. During three of those tournaments he didn’t drop a single set. It was a clash of fine margins during the opening set with both players trading breaks. At the pressure moment Sock buckled, hitting a double fault on set point to reward the 7-5 lead to the world No.77.

“I just talked to myself a little bit and just said ‘keep hanging in there like you have done all week.’” Sock told Sky Sports about losing the first set. “ I have been down 5-1 in my first match in the third set and I came back from that. So, this was miniscule compared to that.”

Battling from behind, the American refused to give up hope of winning the title and qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals. A double break during the early stage of the second start triggered the start of his comeback. The shots his opponent was making early in the match was no longer landing in. Enabling Sock to level the clash at a set apiece.

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Continuing to turn the match around, the world No.22 moved into the lead during the early stages of the decider. Back-to-back winning passing shots secured the crucial break as he moved to a 2-1 lead. Prompting a huge roar and fist clench from him. From then on, it was a one-way show for Sock, who clinched the biggest title of his career after a Krajinović backhand landed out.

“This week is an incredible moment for me, especially the way it started. Being down in my first match and being able to battle through that one.“ He said during the trophy ceremony.

Sock’s triumph in Paris has ended a run of 69 consecutive Masters trophies being won by a European player. He is the first American to win a title in the category since Andy Roddick in 2010 (Miami) and the first in Paris since Andre Agassi back in 1999.

There is also reason for celebration for runner-up Krajinović. The Serbian will now rise to a ranking high of 33 following his breakthrough week in Paris. Moving him closer to being seeded in a grand slam tournament for the first time in his career next year.

“This is the best week of my life. I will never forget this moment in my life. Coming from the qualies to the final is a dream come true for me.” Said the 25-year-old Serbian.

London’s calling

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For the seventh consecutive year Sock has improved his year-end ranking to 9th. Placing him inside the top-10 for the first time. His reward is the final spot in the ATP Finals in London, overtaking Pablo Carreno Busta. It seemed only suitable that the milestone should have happened in Paris. A city where he has achieved some of the biggest results in his career.

“I love Paris.I have had amazing moments at the French Open. A lot of firsts here in Paris.” Stated Sock.
“There has been a lot of firsts. The French Open was my first, fourth round of a slam. Now my first Masters series (title) in Paris. This will now be my first time in the top-10 and now my first time in making London at the year-end finals.’
“So, there is a lot going on right now emotionally. I just can’t wait to enjoy it with my team.” He added.

After exceeding expectations in Paris, Sock now has his eyes on creating a shock at the O2 Arena. He will be the first player from his country to play in the event since Mardy Fish in 2011.

“If I keep playing good tennis, anything can happen. I feel comfortable, very comfortable on the court. I feel very confident in my game.” He explained about his London chances.
“I snuck into the last spot and I got nothing to lose. So I’m going to go out there and swing big and play my tennis.”

Sock exits Paris with €853,430 in prize money and 1000 ranking points.



Ons Jabeur upsets Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarter final in Doha



Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur knocked out Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-3 after 1 hour and 47 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Qatar Total Open in Doha. Jabeur scored the biggest win of her career by ranking.


Jabeur reached her first Grand Slam quarter final at the Australian Open last January before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin. Last week Jabeur lost to Simona Halep in Dubai. She reached the third round in Doha without dropping a set.

Jabeur had not beaten a top 10 player since 2018, when she defeated Sloane Stephens en route to reaching the final at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Jabeur broke Pliskova in the opening game of the match and did not face a break point on her serve before serving out the first set at love.

Pliskova earned her only break in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead and held on her serve to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Jabeur got her first break after six deuces in a marathon sixth game to take a 4-2 lead in the decisive set. Pliskova broke straight back for 3-4. Jabeur broke for the second time at 15 to take a 5-3 lead and sealed the win on her second match point.

Muguruza beats Yastremska

This year’s Australian Open Garbine Muguruza beat Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-4 in 70 metres. Muguruza has reached teh quarter finals or better at all five tournaments she has played in 2020 under the guidance of her new coach Conchita Martinez.

Muguruza earned two breaks in the fifth and seventh games and served out the first set 6-2 on her first opportunity. Muguruza broke serve in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Yastremska broke back in the sixth game to take a 3-3 lead. Both players traded four consecutive breaks. Muguruza served out the win on her first match point, as Yastremska hit her backhand past the baseline.

The two-time Grand Slam champion will face 2019 Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, who advanced to the quarter finals after Elena Rybakina was forced to withdraw from the match due to an abductor injury.

Bencic reaches the quarter finals after straight-set win over Putintseva

Belinda Bencic beat Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-3 after 1 to advance to her third quarter final of the year after Adelaide and St. Petersburg. The Swiss player earned an early break to take a 2-0 lead. Putintseva broke straight back in the third game. Bencic got her second break to open up a 4-1 lead. Putintseva broke back for the second time in the ninth game at 30 to claw her way back to 4-5. Bencic closed out the first set with a break on her second opportunity in the 10th game on the fourth deuce.

Bencic converted her second break point at deuce to open up a 3-0 lead. Putintseva saved two double break points to hold her serve at deuce.

Putintseva earned two break-back points but Bencic held on her serve after five deuces. Bencic served out the win on her first match point in the ninth game.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas moves through to the quarter final with straight set win over Alexander Bublik in Dubai



Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 in 1 hour and 36 minutes to reach the quarter finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Tsitsipas beat Bublik for the second time this month one week after scoring a win against the Kazakh player in the semifinal in Marseille.


Bublik saved two set points at 5-6 15-40 with a serve and volley and an unreturned serve. Tsitsipas cruised through to a 7-1 win in the first set after 54 minutes.

Tsitsipas saved four break points at 3-4 in the second set and earned a break at love in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Greek player sealed the win with a backhand slice winner.

Tsitsipas will face Jan Lennard Struff, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 6-0 in just 39 minutes.

Andrey Rublev edged past Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 after 1 hour and 41 minutes. Rublev came back from 1-4 down by breaking back in the eighth game at 3-4. The young Russian player saved a set point with a forehand passing shot, as Krajinovic was serving at 5-3 40-30. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break. Rublev sealed the tie-break with his fifth ace and and cruised through to a 6-0 lead with three consecutive breaks, as Krajinovic won just 10 points. Rublev took a re-match against Krajnovic, who won their previous head-to-head match in Rotterdam two weeks ago.

“He had so many chances, two breaks and serving with one set point. There was no key. I was just lucky and broke back. It was not in these conditions. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy as i lost to him two weeks ago in Rotterdam”, said Rublev.

Rublev set up a quarter final match against Daniel Evans, who fended off three match points in the tie-break of the third set to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 7-5 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Gael Monfils cruised past Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-1 6-2. Monfils earned a double break in the second and fourth games to win the first set 6-1. After a trade of breaks in the third and fourth games Monfils won four consecutive games with two breaks in the fifth and seventh games.

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Novak Djokovic sets up quarter final against Karen Khachanov in Dubai



Novak Djokovic cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-1 in just 59 minutes to advance to the quarter final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. Djokovic beat Kohlschreiber for the 12th time in their 14 head-to-head matches.


Kohlschreiber, who beat Djokovic in straight sets one year ago in Indian Wells, won 11 points in 8 service games and never created a break point.

Djokovic converted four of his seven break points to reach the quarter final in Dubai for the 11th time in his career. He hit 23 winners to 10 unforced errors.

Djokovic earned his only break on his second opportunity with a forehand winner to take a 3-2 lead. He backed up the break with a hold of love with another forehand winner and closed out the first set 6-3 with a hold in the ninth game after 30 minutes, as Kohlschreiber hit a backhand crosscourt wide. The Serb reeled off five consecutive games from 5-3 in the first set.

Djokovic held serve with a backhand down the line winner at the start of the second set and held with a service winner. The 2020 Australian Open champion went up a double break with his backhand to build up a 3-0 lead and sealed the win with a return winner, as he was returning at 5-1. Djokovic has extended his unbeaten streak to 15 consecutive matches this year.

“It was a great performance. I enjoyed the way I played, coming out with the right focus and tactics. Knowing Phillip beat me 12 months ago in Indian Wells, I needed to approach this match very seriously regardless of his raning number 80. He is one of the most experienced players on the tour and likes to play on the big stage, so he doesn’t like falter too much”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic set up a quarter final against Karen Khachanov, who beat Dennis Novak 6-3 6-4 in 74 minutes. Djokovic leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Khachanov.

“I have had some interesting battles with him. He is a great guy, a very powerful player. He is one of the guys who is a pretender to be a top 5 player. He is very dedicated, so I will be as sharp as I have been in the past two matches and start well”, said Djokovic.

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