Sock it to him - American wins Paris Masters
(TSX / STATS) -- American Jack Sock beat Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to win the Rolex Paris Masters title on Sunday, clinching the last spot in the season-ending ATP Tour finals.
The 25-year-old Sock, seeded No. 16 and ranked No. 22 in the world, became the first American to win the tournament since Andre Agassi in 1999.
It was Sock's third title of the year, fourth overall, and first at a Masters event. He will break into the top 10 rankings, climbing to ninth. His other titles this year were at Delray Beach, Fla., and Auckland, New Zealand.
Entering the week, Sock was sitting at 24th in the Emirates ATP Race to London. Everything had to fall his way for him to make London, needing to win the title to overtake Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta for eighth place.
Sock claimed his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in just under two hours, assuring himself a place in the final eight at The O2 in London from Nov. 12-19.
"There have been a lot of firsts," Sock said during the trophy ceremony. "It started at the French Open with my first fourth round of a Slam, now I've won my first Masters 1000 in Paris, this will be my first time in the Top 10 and this will be the first time making the year-end Finals. So there's a lot going on right now emotionally and I can't wait to enjoy it all with my team."
Sock sealed the victory on his first match point when Krajinovic, ranked No. 77, sent a backhand long. Sock fell onto his back with his hands on his face, shook hands with Krajinovic and the referee and then ran over to the seating area to celebrate with his coach and other team members.
"It definitely hasn't sunk in yet. I don't know when it will," Sock said. "Right now I want to enjoy it with my team. They've been with me through everything. I'm excited to see my family and just enjoy it with everyone.
"I'd be lying if I said that 18 months ago I was mentally prepared to win matches like this. It's something I've worked really hard towards. It's something that, if you put your nose down and keep fighting, good things will happen. Crazy things can happen. That's sports and that's why we play."
Sock wasn't expected to qualify for London, having made plans for a round of golf with close friend John Isner at famed Augusta National, home of The Masters tournament.
"I had a golf trip with Isner next week in Augusta, which would have been pretty special, but I'll look forward to seeing him at his wedding in a couple months," Sock said. "I wish I could have played him in the final today and have that as a special moment as well."
Sock fired nine aces and claimed 79 percent of first-serve points for the victory.
Despite falling short of lifting the trophy, Krajinovic will climb to No. 33 next week.
"It's an amazing week, with a lot of good wins," Krajinovic said. "From (qualifying), I beat so many good guys, better ranking than me. So it's all positive coming home, finally having holidays after playing so many matches this year. ... I lost energy. But it was a great week for me. Well done to him."
Updated November 5, 2017