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ATP Paris: John Isner vs Filip Krajinovic Predictions and Live Stream - Isner two wins away from ATP World Tour Finals berth

Bettingpro Staff in Tennis 4 Nov 2017
  • John Isner vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Paris on Saturday, 4 November from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT
  • Isner 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

John Isner continues his quest for a first ever appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals when he takes on Serbian qualifier, Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters today.

John Isner vs Filip Krajinovic ATP Paris Masters tennis is live from Paris on Saturday, 4 November from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT 
Watch and bet on tennis live from Paris at Unibet > live streaming > tennis



Isner began the week with a mathematical, but unlikely chance of qualifying for the World Tour Finals, but following a dramatic week in the French capital, the American is now just two wins away from securing his London berth.

With seven of the eight places already taken, Isner is one of three players that can still secure the final spot. Pablo Carreno Busta currently occupies the position, but either John Isner or Jack Sock will displace the Spaniard with victory in Paris. (Sock was in action against Fernando Verdasco in his own quarter final as at the time of writing). Winning the tournament isn’t as daunting as it appeared a few days ago, particularly with Rafael Nadal pulling out with a knee injury. Ninth seed, Isner is the highest-ranked player left in the tournament!

Isner has had to fight his way through a difficult Paris draw, needing three sets to get through each of Diego Schwartzman, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro. The giant American was 5-2 down against Dimitrov in the third round, and then saved a match point at 3-5, before going on to take the set, and the match on a tie break. 

The in-form Juan Martin del Potro could have clinched the last London berth had he defeated Isner in Friday’s quarter final, but the American yet again dug out a three-set win to end del Potro’s quest, and boost his own chances of qualifying for the season-ending finale.

The day did not start well for Isner, who required early attention on his left ankle, but despite the apparent uneasiness, he stayed with del Potro and timed his attack to perfection in the opening set. With the Argentine serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Isner produced a stunning backhand pass to carve out the first break points of the match at 15-40, and he took the opening set with an easy volley at the net after a premeditated aggressive forehand return.

The second set passed without any break points, and with both men serving well in the breaker, it was always going to require one moment of genius or an error to break the deadlock. Del Potro produced a smart second serve to bring up set point at 6-5, and Isner was the one to crack, sending down a double fault to give up the second set.

Del Potro had the momentum going into the decider, but the tide of the match turned for good in the third game of the final set. Del Potro thought he had the game in the bag with an ace at 40-15, but Isner challenged correctly, and got back to deuce. Del Potro was starting to struggle with his lower back/upper thigh region, and a couple of lose forehand errors later, he had conceded the first break of the final set.
Isner never relinquished the advantage- in fact he never faced a break point throughout the match, wrapping up a fine 6-4 6-7 6-4 victory after two hours and 12 minutes.

Isner is into his third Masters 1000 semi-final of the season, having also made the last four in Rome and Montreal. He had actually had a slow start to the campaign, failing to win consecutive matches until the Rome Masters. He had his most consistent spell of the season just after Wimbledon, when he claimed back-to-back titles in Newport and Atlanta, and reached the semis in Montreal. The 32-year-old made the quarter finals in Beijing, sandwiched between third-round runs at the US Open and Shanghai.

Isner is looking to reach the finals of the Paris Masters for the second successive year, and looking to deny him that spot is Serbian qualifier, Krajinovic.


Krajinovic enjoyed the good fortune of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the quarter finals, paving the way for the Serbian to advance to his first ever ATP World Tour semi-final. 

Filip Krajinovic. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
However, the 25-year-old has been playing really well in the last few months, and has worked very hard to get to this point. He came through a tricky qualifying draw, defeating Guido Pella and Laslo Djere to book his place in just his second ATP main draw appearance of the season. His first was in Moscow the previous week, when he also came through the qualifiers, beat Andrey Rublev before falling in three tight sets to Ricardas Berankis. 

Once in the Paris main draw, Krajinovic impressed with back-to-back straight sets wins over Yuichi Sugita and Sam Querrey in the opening two rounds, before battling past Nicolas Mahut in three sets in the third round- then came the walkover against Nadal.

Prior to his breakthrough campaigns in Moscow and Paris, Krajinovic had been in great form on the Challenger Tour, claiming back to back titles in Rome and Almaty, immediately after making semi-finals in Como and Seville. Overall, he has five Challenger titles in 2017, following earlier successes in Heilbronn, Marburg and Biella earlier in the season.

Krajinovic’s good form has seen him rise from outside the top 200 at the start of the year to No. 77 in the world heading into Paris, and he is projected to rocket into the top 50 by virtue of this semi-final run.
Isner and Krajinovic have never met on the ATP Tour, but they did cross paths at the Lubbock Challenger back in 2008 with the American winning 6-2 6-4.

Krajinovic has done remarkably well to get this far, and he has played some very good tennis along the way, but Isner has now got the World Tour Finals’ bit between his teeth- an unlikely dream has become a real possibility and it is unlikely he will let it slip to a qualifier. He has already spoken about how much he wants this.

"Going into this tournament I wasn't thinking about it at all. I was sort of thinking about what football games I'm going to watch back home when this tournament is over," Isner said about his London chances. "But now, certainly I'm not going to lie to you guys, it's in my mind now. It would be great to qualify for that."

The one problem is his body, which must be creaking after three tough matches in Paris. He had knee and ankle issues in his quarter final against del Potro, and will need to serve, and get really aggressive with the forehand and at the net to shorten the points as much as possible.

Having got this close, I’m backing a patched up Isner to serve his way into a second straight Paris Masters final.

John Isner vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Paris on Saturday, 4 November from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT


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ATP Paris: John Isner vs Filip Krajinovic Predictions and Live Stream - Isner two wins away from ATP World Tour Finals berth

John Isner continues his quest for a first ever appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals when he takes on Serbian qualifier, Filip Krajinovic in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters today.

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