Nadal withdraws in Paris

John Isner pushed on towards an ATP Tour finals spot when he reached the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 win over Argentine Juan Martin del Potro on Friday as the tournament dealt with the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal.

Tennis – ATP 1000 Masters Series – Rolex Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 3, 2017 USA’s John Isner celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro would have claimed it if he had won, but the ninth seeded Isner was more consistent and set up a meeting with Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who advanced after world number one Nadal pulled out.

Tennis – ATP 1000 Masters Series – Rolex Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 3, 2017 USA’s John Isner during a break in play in his quarter final match against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

While the top seeds have been paying the price of a demanding season, Isner has looked fresh and despite allowing Del Potro to level for one-set all with a double fault on set point, the American was a cut above his opponent.