PARIS:Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer reached the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as the last-eight line-up mirrored the same men heading to London next week for the World Tour Finals.
World number one Nadal made the ATP points system look true to form after his 7-5, 6-4 victory over last year’s runner-up Jerzy Janowicz completed the line-up in the last match of the day.
The Spaniard, who is also looking for a record sixth Masters title in the same season, joins Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet in the Paris quarterfinals and in the London shake-up.
Second seed Djokovic overcame American John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 while Federer, the fifth seed, outclassed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-3, 6-4.
Swiss seventh seed Wawrinka beat Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 6-2, and his place in the London field was later secured when Czech sixth seed Berdych defeated Raonic, 7-6 (15/13), 6-4.
Raonic’s defeat also meant Gasquet was assured of the last available London place even before the Frenchman had defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2.
Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, celebrated his place at the Finals in London with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kohlschreiber.
He now meets Argentine Del Potro who defeated rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a high quality match on court one.
Ferrer, the third-seeded defending champion, showed little mercy against Frenchman Gilles Simon.
His 6-2, 6-3 win allowed him to stay in the hunt for a third ATP title this season following Auckland and Buenos Aires.