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Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic denied American John Isner the opportunity to feature in the ATP Tour finals in London by beating him in Paris on Saturday.

Benneteau is 10-8 throughout his career at ATP level in semi-finals, having not made one for over three years, while Sock is 7-7, but has lost his last three this year, against Roger Federer, Steve Johnson and Kevin Anderson.

"When I served for the match, my hand was shaking". Isner's 31st ace tied it but a superb return to Isner's feet on the next point gave Krajinovic match point on his serve. "It was mentally really tough because, you know, getting older and older all sponsors said no to me".

"It's a tough situation but I tried my best", he added.

The popular Argentine, who was at No. 47 in the Emirates ATP Race To London prior to the start of the US Open, is now up to No. 10 on 2,595 points - only 20 points behind Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who sits in the last automatic qualification berth.

The American then asserted himself in his first meeting with Krajinovic since facing him as teenager on the Challenger Tour in 2008, taking a 5-0 lead in the tie-break before winning the second set and duly levelling the match at 1-1.

But the giant American, runner-up in Paris to Andy Murray past year, found a second wind in a second-set tie-break, reeling off the first five points in a row. Having seen Krajinovic take out two top Americans, Jack will not want to become the third in a week.

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His whole career came to that one last point and he delivered a forehand victor to seal the deal and fall down to the ground, unable to hide his emotions after one of his biggest wins in only his 5th Masters 1000 tournament.

He closed it out with two massive aces to take his tally for the match to 16. Sock will go for his third title of the year and fourth of his career. Isner had the advantage in the quickest rallies up to 4 shots, thanks to a huge number of service winners, and Krajinovic compensated that in the longer exchanges, where he showed the strength and consistency of his groundstrokes to oust the big server.

"I was looking at my brother, who is my coach, and at my wife; I am so happy to make her proud", an emotional Benneteau said.

"I didn't know if I was going to be even close".

The 29-year-old grabbed the crucial break in the fifth game of the second set, before closing out a comfortable victory.

The world number 22 was by far the stronger player and completed victory with a run of four straight games.

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