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Julien Benneteau caused another upset this Thursday at the RPM, seeing off David Goffin in two sets, while John Isner got the better of Grigor Dimitrov. Here is a full run-down of day four.

Benneteau carves up Goffin

“To be honest, if anyone bet on Benneteau to make the quarters, go and ask them for the lottery numbers!" Julien Benneteau cut a surprised but happy figure as he walked off Court No.1, after notching one of the best wins of his career on Thursday. The veteran Frenchman dominated world No.8 David Goffin in the last 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters, brushing him aside 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and seven minutes. "My first quarter-final at a Masters 1000 tournament, at the age of 35!” he grinned, as he continued to make the most of the wild card he received for his last ever appearance at the RPM. "Managing it in France, in Paris, in front of my friends and family, that makes it even better." Benneteau turned in a virtually flawless performance against the man from Liège, firing down 14 aces and serving at a 63% clip. His tactics for the forthcoming quarter-final? "Don’t get carried away…"

Verdasco into his first RPM quarter-final

The broad grin on his face after match point said it all. Fernando Verdasco was over the moon at seeing off Dominic Thiem in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) on Thursday, making it through to his first ever quarter-final at the Rolex Paris Masters at the tender age of 33. This is also the first time that 'Nando has gone this far at an ATP Masters 1000 event since Madrid 2012. The win, which took an hour and 23 minutes and ended with the last of a string of unforced errors on the backhand from the Austrian, was the result of a solid performance, and one which sees the man from Madrid inch ever nearer to confirming his status as a seed at next year’s Australian Open. Domi on the other hand could not find his rhythm (with only 48% of his first services hitting the mark), as his stuttering end to the season drags on.

Krajinovic – from qualies to quarters

25-year-old Filip Krajinovic has been at it for almost a week now, but shows no signs of letting up. The No.77-ranked qualifier took to Court No.1 at the AccorHotels Arena on Thursday and won his fifth match in a row here in Paris. 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 was the score of the one hour 32-minute tie against Nicolas Mahut, who put up a brave fight but was severely hampered by a right calf injury that he had strapped then bandaged up. The Serb’s joy after the match contrasted with the frustration of the Frenchman. "I tried my hardest because I had my wife and son in the stands watching me along with a lot of my friends, and it was a Round of 16 match at the RPM, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake," said Mahut. "It’s tough to swallow when a tournament comes to an end like that.”

Big John, the comeback kid

When John Isner plays on hard courts, you can expect a tie-breaker or two, and probably a fair dose of suspense. After taking the first set 12-10 (!) in the 13th game, the American let Grigor Dimitrov back into the match with a service break right at the death in the second set, which the Bulgarian took 7-5 before racing out into a 5-2 lead in the decider. Back came 2016 RPM finalist Isner to force another breaker, and seal the deal 7-6(10), 5-7, 7-6(3).

Sock sends Pouille home and Goffin to London

Showing no ill effects from his two hour 42-minute battle over Kyle Edmund the day before, Jack Sock came out all guns blazing on Centre Court at the AccorHotels Arena. His power, particularly on the forehand, was too much for Lucas Pouille, who fell in straight sets 7-6, 6-3. The Frenchman did not go down without a fight, coming back from 5-2 down in the first set, but it was to no avail. The win sees Sock into his second quarter-final in as many years at the Rolex Paris Masters, and also sorts out some of the wheat from the chaff in terms of the Race to London. Pouille can no longer qualify, but Sock’s win sees David Goffin through to the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nadal through after a scare

With the year-end No.1 ranking in the bag – and he is incidentally the oldest player ever to achieve this feat – Rafael Nadal can now concentrate his efforts on winning the title here at the RPM, and he was certainly all business as his Round of 16 match against Pablo Cuevas at the beginning of the night session got under way. After coasting through the first set, Rafa came a little unstuck in the second which he ended up dropping on a tie-breaker (with three unforced errors on volleys costing him dear). When the physio came out to bandage his right knee, the fans held their breath, but there was no cause for alarm (even though he did seem to be a little unsteady on his feet on the forehand wing after that). His depth of shot soon returned, however, as did his swift movement around the court, and Nadal ran out a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 winner. “I want to do big things in Paris," he said after the match. "It’s the most important city in my career." 

Cilic clinches it late

In a matchup that lasted late into the night, last year’s semi-finalist and world ranked No. 5, Marin Cilic, overcame Roberto Bautista-Agut, ranked 23. Cilic had to work hard for the first set which lasted over an hour before running out a winner 7/6, 6/2 in 1hr 40mins. The Croat maintains his rich vein of form after three successive semi-final performances in Tokyo, Shanghai and Basle.

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