BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Djokovic To Face Wawrinka; Del Potro Advances
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic set a quarter-final clash with fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier Stanislas Wawrinka at the BNP Paribas Masters after rallying from a set down to defeat John Isner 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.
Djokovic leads Wawrinka 13-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the pair has contested two of the most entertaining matches of the season at the Australian Open and the US Open, with Djokovic edging both in five sets. The Belgrade native is bidding to win the Paris title for the second time this week, having lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Monfils).
When asked the Wawrinka match, Djokovic said, “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.”
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The 26-year-old Djokovic was denied on six break points as he surrendered the first set, but hit back strongly, breaking Isner four times and only losing three points on serve in the deciding set to claim victory in one hour and 50 minutes. Isner had won their last meeting in the Cincinnati quarter-finals in August.
“When I was set down, I was frustrated, but I tried to hold my composure,” said Djokovic. “It's not the first time I'm in this particular situation, so that experience helped to keep on me believing I could win. I knew as soon as I make a break I was going to start playing better and relax. That's what happened.”
Djokovic is looking to win his sixth tour-level title of the season, adding to triumphs at the Australian Open (d. Murray), Dubai (d. Berdych), Monte-Carlo (d. Nadal), Beijing (d. Nadal) and Shanghai (d. del Potro). The Serb has compiled a 64-9 season mark.
Juan Martin del Potro maintained his winning run with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the third round. The Argentine withstood 14 aces to break Dimitrov twice for victory in one hour and 45 minutes.
Del Potro claimed his 50th win of the season as he secured his 15th victory in his past 16 matches. The Tandil native captured the titles in Tokyo (d. Raonic) and Basel (d. Federer) and finished runner-up in Shanghai (l. to Djokovic), in the weeks leading into Paris, where he is looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time.
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