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Form Del Potro reaches Paris Masters last eight

05 November 2017, 01:56 | Kristopher Drake

WATCH: Del Potro ends season firing from all sides

Rafael Nadal battled through to the quarter-finals today

Neither has won a Masters title, either.

The 25-year-old Serbian made no mistake to become the first qualifier to reach the final in Paris since Jerzy Janowicz in 2012 and will next meet either French wildcard Julien Benneteau or American Jack Sock, who can qualify for the ATP Finals by claiming the Paris title.

Jack Sock of United States of America in action against Julien Benneteau of France during the semi final match against during at the Rolex Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France, 04 November 2017.

Krajinovic reached the last four at Bercy after world number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament before their quarter-final on Friday.

'I'm going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, ' he said.

"It was mentally really tough because, you know, getting older and older, all sponsors, they said no to me". He then failed to close out the match on his own serve, allowing the big-serving Isner back into the match. "It was tough to control the emotions". I have finished between 11th or 19th eight consecutive years which is very good.

Epa06308274 Filip Krajinovic of Serbia reacts after winning against John Isner of US the semi final match at the Rolex Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris, France, 04 November 2017.

Now his compatriot Sock is the only man who can deny Carreno Busta.

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Isner started strongly, forcing the Serb to save three break points in his opening service game, but Krajinovic broke Isner in the fifth game.

The 77th-ranked Krajinovic had won only 17 matches in his whole career - thwarted by injuries - before this tournament.

John has to be utterly disappointed to lose this one, having a break point in the 9th game of the final set, and also a 4-2 lead in the tie break, being the better player on the court in the last 2 sets and losing just 12 points on serve in that period, compared to 26 that Filip dropped.

First up on this afternoon's schedule, however, is the clash between Isner and Krajinovic, with the big-serving American - finalist past year - a heavy favourite at [1.31] to dispatch the in-form Krajinovic.

Talented Serb managed to reach the main draw, only his 5th at this level in a career, and he started an wonderful journey that led him all the way towards the final, his first at the ATP level!

'He said I'm sorry to me 10 times, like a kid who's done something wrong. I was next to him all the time, and even now when I'm doing well he's next to me.

Everything could have been much different if John converted any of the 3 break points he had in the opening return game, but Filip repelled them all with some fine groundstrokes, especially from the backhand side, to avoid an early setback.

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