World number 22 Jack Sock beat qualifier Filip Krajinovic to win his first Masters 1000 title in Paris and qualify for the ATP Tour Finals. He was so far back that he did not even know he had a chance to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.
Sock claimed his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday at the Rolex Paris Masters, assuring himself a place in the final eight at The O2.
He defeated Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 for the victory in just under two hours
Jack Sock, seeded 16th, is the first American to win the tournament since Andre Agassi in 1999.
Victory meant he took the final place at the season-ending ATP Tour Finals from Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
Who has qualified for the ATP Tour Finals?
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Jack Sock
Krajinovic beat ninth seed John Isner and Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey on his way to his first ATP Masters final.
He was broken by Jack Sock in the sixth game of the opening set but responded immediately and took the first set when his opponent netted a forehand.
The American found his rhythm, serving nine aces and winning 79% of points on his first serve, as he won in one hour and 59 minutes.
Sock is the first American to lift a singles trophy at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level since Andy Roddick in Miami in 2010. The win snaps the streak of 69 consecutive Masters 1000 titles won by Europeans. The Nebraska native is also the first from the United States to prevail in Paris since Andre Agassi in 1999 and he is the first from his country to appear at the Nitto ATP Finals in six years, when Mardy Fish concluded his 2011 campaign in London.
Jack Sock will move into the world’s top 10 for the first time when the new rankings are released on Monday, two days before the draw for the ATP Tour Finals, which take place in London from 12-19 November.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic, who ended his season in July with an elbow injury, will fall out of the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2007.