Juan Martin Del Potro
4 7 4

John Isner
6 6 6

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Hello and welcome! It's quarter finals day at the Paris Masters, and things will get underway with Juan Martin del Potro vs John Isner. We'll be underway shortly.

Dramatic advert on for the World Tour Finals before we start, which gives me the perfect opportunity to mention that if del Potro wins today, he'll claim the final qualifying spot. Quite an achievement for someone who was 47 in the race in August. He's 20-4 since the US Open.

Isner can still just about qualify, too, but he'll need to win the title this week. Delpo has a 6-2 lead in the head to head, and is the clear favourite to reach the last four.

Speaking of the semifinals, one man who won't be appearing is newly confirmed year-end no.1 Rafael Nadal, who's just pulled out due to a knee issue. If you've followed Rafa throughout his career, you'll already be aware that this is quite alarming news...

It'll be a rare moment for Delpo today in that he'll be the shorter of the two players. He's 6'8'', so this doesn't happen often, but Isner is a gigantic 6'10''. Don't say I don't bring you the most important stats...

Players are just arriving on court amid a light show and some nicely dramatic music. It all goes dark for dramatic effect, and I'm just surprised they can see to get their racquets out.

Carlos Bernardes is today's umpire. Must be weird to hear your own voice echo around a quiet stadium. Sponsor photos done, and it's time for the warmup. Thankfully, finally they bring the lights up.

Worth noting that Nadal's withdrawal means that the winner of this match will play Filip Krajinovic in the semifinal. Both men would start as heavy favourites against the qualifier.

Delpo has overcome Joao Sousa and Robin Haase in straight sets on his way to reaching the quarterfinals for the third time, after 2009 and 2013. He's never reached the semis, though. Yet.

Isner has overcome Diego Schwartzmann and Grigor Dimitrov so far this week. Not sure I'd have picked him to beat Dimitrov, so perhaps he can spring the surprise today, too. Warmup coming to a close, and the match is about to start.