Shocking end of the event, the second most unexpected line-up of a Masters 1K final behind Hamburg 1996 when qualifier Roberto Carretero  defeated Alex Corretja . This time, in a battle of two 25-year-old guys, qualifier Krajinovic  lost to Sock  who thanks to the triumph jumped over many players in the ATP race ranking to place himself at No. 9 which allowed him to participate in the season ending championships in London due to withdrawal of Wawrinka! “There have been a lot of firsts,” Sock said during the trophy ceremony. “It started at the French Open with my first fourth round of a Slam, now I’ve won my first Masters 1000 in Paris, this will be my first time in the Top 10 and this will be the first time making the year-end Finals. So there’s a lot going on right now emotionally and I can’t wait to enjoy it all with my team.” It was unbelievable week for the American, he came to Paris in rather poor form having only successful the first quarter of the season. If he had lost his opener, no-one would have been surprised; but he survived a thriller against Edmund, and then took an advantage of a very favourable draw. Sock’s success reminds me of two other players who triumphed in Masters 1K events only once – Albert Costa (Hamburg 1998) and Sebastien Grosjean (Paris 2001). The former also barely survived his opening match (trailed 1:4* in the 3rd set vs Medvedev to save two match points at 4:5), the latter just like Sock had to win the event to secure his berth in the season-ending championships which seemed improbable when the event kicked off.
Sock’s route to his 4th title:
2 Kyle Edmund 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
3 Lucas Pouille 7-6(6), 6-3
Q Fernando Verdasco 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3
S Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2
W Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
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