BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Djokovic Books Spot In Paris SFs
by ATP Staff|
Djokovic must at least reach the BNP Paribas Masters final on Sunday to have a chance of finished year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
However, Rafael Nadal could clinch the year-end No. 1 if he wins the Paris title; has any result that is equal to or better than Djokovic, or should Djokovic lose in the final and Nadal reaches the semi-finals.
Djokovic improved to 65-9 on the season after he beat seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 in 82 minutes at the Palais Omnisports, venue of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Paris.
"[I am] very satisfied with [my] great intensity from the start of the match," said Djokovic. "I try to be as aggressive as possible when I have a shorter ball."Watch Djokovic Interview
Djokovic performed with great focus and intensity in a near faultless first set, when he won 80 per cent of his first service points, hit 11 winners and converted two of his break point opportunities. Djokovic led 3-0 before Wawrinka won his first game.
The first four games of the second set took 30 minutes, three minutes longer than the entire duration of first set. Djokovic saved four break points before breaking to love in the seventh game, when Wawrinka hit a backhand long.
Djokovic recovered from 0/30 when serving for his 65th match win of the season. He now has a 14-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Wawrinka, who has qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.
"Clearly when he plays that good it's very difficult, especially on this surface where he's the best, I believe," said Wawrinka. "Unfortunately he was a lot better than I was today. He put a lot of pressure on me and it was very difficult."
Djokovic will next meet fifth seed and 2011 champion Roger Federer.
Djokovic said, "Roger is probably experiencing the worst season that he had in last 10 years, but he's still a player to beat in every tournament, because he's Roger Federer, because he has won 17 Grand Slams, and we all know how successful a career he has.
"You cannot underestimate him. I think he's playing really well. I hope that I just can continue on playing well the way I played today. I think it was better than the first two matches, so I have been gradually elevating my performance [and] the level of my game."