Jack Sock has become the first American to win an ATP Masters 1000 title since Andy Roddick in Miami in 2010. He has broken a run of 69 Europeans winning this level of tournament.
Sock won his first career ATP Masters 1000 when he claimed the Rolex Paris Masters by defeating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
“There have been a lot of firsts,” Sock said. “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 ten 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.
“Incredible week. Hard to describe, honestly. I don’t think it’s really hit or soaked in yet. But yeah, to come back from the deficit I was down in my first round, my first match here, and to have this trophy next to me now and talking to you guys has been an incredible achievement.”
Sock, who is the fifth different man to win a Masters 1000 in 2017, came into the tournament seeded 16.
He had started the year superbly but in the last few months results have not quite been to the level he would have liked, but he has certainly turned it around with this great effort. He had to win the tournament to secure a place in the season-ending championship and he has shown that dreams do come true.
From the first round Sock had to work very hard to get through. His opening match was against Kyle Edmund who led 5-1 in the final set. Sock admitted he started thinking about his holidays which would start the next day. But he managed to claw his way out of the hole and got his momentum going.
This victory has also put him into the world’s top ten at nine and he will be the highest ranked American for the year-end which is something he says he is not concerned about because he and the other American players “are a close knit group”.
Credit has also got to be applied to Krajinovic who had had just one Tour-level win coming into Paris. It was an amazing run he had having come through the qualifying rounds to reach his first final and tried to be the first qualifier since 1986 to win this title.
“It was an amazing week with a lot of good wins,” Krajinovic said. “From qualies I beat so many good guys with a better ranking than me. So, it’s all positive coming home, having holidays finally after playing so many matches this year. And I’m sad I didn’t finish it stronger but that’s tennis. Somebody has to win and he was better today.”
The doubles title was won by Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot, they defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 7-6, 3-6, 10-6.
It was during the week that Rafa Nadal secured the year-end world No.1 ranking. He had to win his opening match to do that – Nadal accounted for Hyeon Chung in straight sets. The Spaniard withdrew from the event with a right knee issue and gave Krajinovic a walkover.