Former World no. 1 Novak Djokovic turned around the last 16 match against thirteenth-seeded American John Isner to claim his BNP Paribas Masters 2013 quarter-final ticket. None of the six break points created in the opener were converted and a tie-break showdown followed where the US player sealed the set in the third attempt. Nole was quick to recover, though, as he pulled off a stylish comeback by seizing nine out of the remaining twelve games – the second seed thus broke Isner four times over the course of those two sets and put the icing on the cake of a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 victory by holding the final service game to love. Next up for the Paris Masters 2009 title holder is seventh seed Stan Wawrinka – this will be the third encounter between the two this year with Novak winning a couple of five-set classics at Australian Open and in Flushing Meadows.
“Whenever we play each other it’s long exchanges, [a] very tough match mentally [and] physically. But I’m ready for it. I have been playing well and obviously he has been enjoying probably his best season, ” Djokovic commented on tomorrow’s Wawrinka clash.
Fifth-seeded Roger Federer has been in solid form recently and it was no surprise to see him get the better of Philipp Kohlschreiber this afternoon. The unseeded German threatened first in the opening set, yet the Swiss Maestro escaped the break point danger before pouncing on the opponent’s serve to make it 5-3. He soon created a triple set point and took advantage of the third one to move one nil up. The set number two followed almost an identical pattern with FedEx breaking in the penultimate game and closing out the clash next to win 6-3, 6-4. In the quarter-finals he will face Juan Martin del Potro for the second time in six days – the fourth seed Argentine denied Federer his sixth Basel title last Sunday.
The last player to make it to the quarter-final stage in Paris was Rafael Nadal. The top-ranked Spanish champion was given something to think about by fourteenth-seeded Jerzy Janowicz, yet he prevailed in the crucial moments before eventually progressing in straight sets. He claimed the opener after grabbing a late break and got the second set underway by stealing the young Pole’s serve. While Janowicz pegged back straight away, Rafa soon restored his lead to celebrate a comfortable enough 7-5, 6-4 third round victory. Nadal – who has not lifted the Paris Masters trophy yet – is scheduled to play Richard Gasquet in the upcoming quarter-final. The Frenchman managed to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals today.
Defending champion David Ferrer surrendered only five games on the way to a convincing 6-2, 6-3 triumph over France’s Gilles Simon. The third seed Spaniard will now square-off against sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych who landed his quarter-final spot by defeating Milos Raonic 7-6 (13), 6-4.