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Jack Sock v Julien Benneteau ATP Paris predictions, betting tips & live stream: Sock to end Benneteau's dream run

  • Jack Sock vs Julien Benneteau is live from Paris on Saturday, 4 November from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm GMT
  • Benneteau beat Sock in straight sets in their only previous meeting in Shanghai in 2014
  • Sock will qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals if he wins the Paris Masters
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Paris at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Jack Sock. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

ATP World Tour Finals hopeful, Jack Sock takes on home favourite, Julien Benneteau in an intriguing semi-final at the Paris Masters on Saturday.

Jack Sock vs Julien Benneteau ATP Paris Masters tennis is live from Paris on Saturday, 4 November from 3:30pm local time/ 2:30pm GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Paris at Unibet > live streaming > tennis

The names on show on Saturday may seem a little unusual for a Masters 1000 semi-final line-up, but there will be no shortage of drama in the final weekend. Two Americans, Sock and John Isner- are still in with a chance of qualifying for the World Tour Finals. They both need to win the tournament to get the last remaining berth to London, setting up the possibility of a winner-takes-all all-American final on Sunday. Looking to spoil the American party is French favourite, Julian Benneteau, and in-form qualifier, Filip Krajinovic.

It has certainly not been a dull week in Paris- not for the home fans especially, who have watched 35-year-old wildcard, Benneteau roll back the years to charge into the semi-finals.

Benneteau’s previous best in Paris was reaching the third round in 2006 and 2009, when he scored a famous second round victory over Roger Federer, but this run must surely rank as one of the best weeks of his career, if not the best. He has had his injury problems over the years, dropping out of the top 600 at the start of 2016 after missing a significant part of the previous season, but he worked his way back up to the top 150 by the end of the year, and has been on the upward trajectory in 2017, particularly in the second half.

His semi-final in Paris has obviously been his best effort of the campaign, but he also made the quarter finals at s-Hertogenbosch and Antwerp. He reached the third round at Winston-Salem, and had decent second round showings at Queen’s and Basel. All of that pushed him up to No. 83 in the world heading into the Paris Masters, and his performances in the French capital have already pushed him to the verge of re-entering the top 50.

Julien Benneteau. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Benneteau has come through a quality field in Paris, taking down Denis Shapovalov in straight sets before battling past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets in the second round. He dismissed London-bound David Goffin 6-3 6-3 in the third round and made it back-to-back wins over top-ten players when he downed Marin Cilic in the quarter finals. Benneteau fought back from 2-5 down to take the opening set on a tie break before grabbing a late break in the second set to pull off a brilliant 7-6 7-5 victory.

"I believe that win ranks quite high in everything I achieved in my career," Benneteau said. "When it's over, we'll see what will be the final ranking. It's a bit early to say. But, of course, individually, I believe it's my most beautiful emotion ever."

Can he keep this amazing run going when he takes on Sock in Saturday’s semi-final?

Sock is into his second Masters 1000 semi-final of the season, after coming through a tough battle against Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals on Friday. The American had fallen in the last eight in his previous two tournaments in Stockholm and Basel, but he broke that sequence of quarter final defeats with a strong finish against Verdasco. The fired-up Verdasco had taken the opening set on a tie break, but Sock powered his way through the second, to force a decider.
Verdasco had a break point in the opening game of the final set, but Sock fended off the danger, before launching into the Spaniard’s serve in the next game. A rare backhand winner gave the American a 0-40 lead, and he converted the third of those break points when Verdasco sent down a double fault under pressure. 

The Spaniard fought hard for a route back into the contest, but Sock stayed solid on serve. He failed to convert four match points on his opponent’s serve at 3-5, but he sealed the deal in the next game, putting away a forehand winner to book his place in the semis.

Sock is looking to finish the season the way he had started. The American claimed titles in Auckland and Delray Beach in the opening weeks of the season, and then reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells and the quarters in Miami. He couldn’t quite match those results through the clay and grass court seasons, but a return to form looked on the cards when he made the semi-finals at Washington. However, he won just one of his next six matches, suffering opening round losses in Cincinnati, the US open, Beijing and Shanghai as his season threatened to fall away. He stopped the rot with consecutive quarter finals in Stockholm and Basel, and now stands on the verge of a spot in the World Tour Finals following his run to the Paris semis.

Can he end the fairytale run of home favourite, Julien Benneteau in Saturday’s semi-final?

Benneteau won the only previous meeting between the pair, a 6-3 6-4 victory back in Shanghai in 2014. Sock has obviously got better since then, but Benneteau, feeding off the energy of a very vocal home crowd, has been playing some of his best tennis in a while this week. Sock will again look to dominate with his serve and forehand, and the more forehands he hits, the better his chances of winning! Benneteau is clever enough to know that, and the brief will be to trap Sock into backhand exchanges.

That will take some doing though against the powerful Sock. The American is a lot more that power- he is a fine athlete, and has also got excellent touch. As long as he doesn’t get worked over by the Paris crowd, I think he takes this one. 

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