BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Nadal Reaches Paris SFs
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a Paris title by defeating Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters on Friday.
In his battle for the top year-end position in the Emirates ATP Rankings against Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard must win the Paris title, have a result that is equal or better than Djokovic’s, or reach the semi-finals while Djokovic loses in the final.
The 2007 finalist (l. to Nalbandian), lost serve only once during the 67-minute match. The men traded breaks early in the first set, and Nadal edged out the Frenchman by securing the crucial break in the sixth game. Gasquet had no break opportunities in the second set, instead failing to hold serve three times against the World No. 1.
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Nadal, who owns 26 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and is bidding to become the first player to win six ATP Masters 1000 titles in the same season, finished off Gasquet in 67 minutes with a forehand winner on his second match point.
"It's great to have all the best players playing well and having good results this year," said Nadal about the final eight in Paris, including Gasquet. "Having the eight players in the quarter-finals also playing in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is great news."
Even with the loss, the 27-year-old Gasquet reached milestones in Paris, qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2007. Gasquet also achieved a career-best 50 match wins in a single season after defeating Kei Nishikori in the Round of 16 on Wednesday.