Roger Federer set up a Paris Masters semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic by edging Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in yesterday’s quarter-final.
Djokovic had earlier seen off Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4. The Swiss fifth seed had lost for the third straight time to the towering Argentine in the final of the Basel tournament on Sunday, on what was home turf for him.
But with Del Potro looking decidedly leg weary from his marathon efforts in recent weeks that have seen him win 15 out of his last 16 matches, Federer was in commanding form from the start.
Meanwhile, Djokovic swept into the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a rapid-fire 6-1, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka. The one-sided affair was in stark contrast to the two epic five-setters the two men played earlier this year in the Last 16 of the Australian Open and semi-finals of the US Open.
Wawrinka, Gasquet in World Tour Finals
Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet secured their berths in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London, after the other contender Milos Raonic was ousted in the third round of the Paris Masters.