Qualifier Filip Krajinovic on Saturday continued his dream run at the Paris Masters, upsetting John Isner to advance to the final of the Masters 1000 event.
Here’s a little more on the talented 25-year-old from Serbia:
- Entering this week, Krajinovic had won just one Masters 1000 match in his career. But he qualified for the tournament in the French capital and, in the main draw, upset world No. 38 Yuichi Sugita, No. 13 Sam Querrey and former Top 40 player Nicolas Mahut. He then got a walkover from world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and, on Saturday, upended No. 14-ranked John Isner, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, to advance to the final.
- At No. 77 in the world, Krajinovic is the lowest-ranked player to compete in a Masters 1000 final since No. 191 Andrei Pavel in Paris in 2003 and the first qualifier to reach a Masters 1000 title match since Jerzy Janowicz in Paris in 2012.
- Krajinovic moved to Florida from Serbia at age 13 to train at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy. In 2008, he reached the boys’ singles semifinals at the US Open and Wimbledon.
- He finished both 2014 and 2015 at No. 101 in the world rankings and seemed poised to crack the Top 100. But he required surgery to remove an extra bone in his wrist and sat out the fall of 2016, his ranking plummeting to No. 237.
- Krajinovic rebounded in 2017, winning five Challenger titles on the ITF Pro Circuit to pull back into the Top 100. His run in Paris will propel him into the Top 40 for the first time in his career.
- He has played in seven Grand Slam main draws in his career, advancing to the second round of the US Open in 2015.