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Krajinovic by walk-over...

The end of Rafael Nadal’s match on Thursday evening certainly gave no grounds for optimism, and by Friday we had the confirmation of the bad news, even before the quarter-final got under way between the world No.1 and Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic. The Majorcan called a press conference at midday and announced the following: "I have been forced to pull out because of my knee. It’s the same injury as Shanghai last month. Last night on court the pain was already intense and I was struggling to move around court, but I don’t like pulling out in the middle of a match. I got treatment last night but it wasn’t enough for me to be able to play today."

Rafa is far too familiar with injuries not to know when he can push through, and when he risks making things worse by playing on, and was justifiably cautious about the rest of the season. "It’s been a long year, I’ve played a lot of matches – more than I could have hoped for this time last year. I am going to have to follow the plan set out for me by the doctor, and I’ll let you know based on that. For me it’s not about the End-of-Season Masters in London, it’s about the long term." Regardless of when he comes back, we have unfortunately seen the last of Nadal in Paris this year. Meanwhile, the fairy-tale continues for qualifier Krajinovic, who is now through into the last four of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris. 

... Isner by a knock-out

If there’s one American of his generation who really seems to enjoy the Rolex Paris Masters, it’s John Isner. A finalist last year, agonisingly close in 2011 (where he lost in a third-set tie-breaker to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), here he is once again in the final four, after seeing off Juan Martin del Potro in three sets (6-4, 6-7, 6-4). The No.9 seed has certainly not had an easy ride thus far (having been stretched to 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 by Diego Schwartzman and 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 by Grigor Dimitrov), but his amazing service has enabled him to have the last laugh every time.

"To be honest, I feel like I got a miracle when I won last night after I should really have lost (having been 5-2 down in the final set to Dimitrov). I look at that as being a second chance. It’s the last tournament of the year, and as is always the case, I want to leave it all out on court. If I’m exhausted afterwards, it doesn’t matter, I’ve got two months to recuperate! This mind-set has obviously helped me have the success I’ve had here. And I also love Paris, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, especially at this time of year, with the autumn weather. I don’t like it when it’s too hot! (grins) Let’s say that the older I get, I’m no longer in such a hurry to get back to the States as I was six or seven years ago."

Sock turns things around 

Fernando Verdasco got off to a flying start, establishing a 3-0 lead to open the first set. But once he realised what was at stake – a place in the final four at the Rolex Paris Masters, no less – Jack Sock used his strength, speed and also deft touch to get it back to level pegging at 3-3. The energy required to drag the set around proved to be costly for the American, however, and the Madrid-born lefty on the other side of the net was able to showcase his penchant for winners as he edged the opening set on a tie-breaker.

This though was as good as it would get for 'Nando, as the man from Nebraska turned the match definitively in his favour from the second set onwards. Verdasco continued to put up a fight – a fact not fully reflected in the final score line of a match that ended 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 at 1 am, after two and a half hours spent on court.

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