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Patient Wawrinka Clinches London Berth, Seven Hours After Reaching Paris QFs

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Wawrinka© AFP/Getty ImagesStanislas Wawrinka is one win away from qualifying for the season finale in London.

Stanislas Wawrinka secured his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time on Thursday.

Seven hours after he completed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nicolas Almagro for a place in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals, Wawrinka was following Tomas Berdych’s match against Milos Raonic from his hotel room.

Berdych ended Raonic’s chances of qualifying in a 7-6(13), 6-4 victory in just under two hours at the Palais Omnisports.

It means that for the first time in Barclays ATP World Tour Finals history, two Swiss players will be competing. Wawrinka joined Roger Federer, who qualified on Wednesday, for the event that begins at The O2 in London on 4 November.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka, who has put together a career-best season, clinched his 49th win as he converted four break points and struck nine aces against Almagro. He rallied from an early break deficit in the opening set against Almagro.

“I'm very pleased for this match today. I want to play and have a good tournament here in Paris. The conditions are good for me when I feel good like today, and this is the main thing for me: winning and playing well. I know if I play well, I will be the one deciding my fate.”

Defending champion David Ferrer cruised into the quarter-finals, dismissing French hope Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3 in 77 minutes. The Spaniard improved to a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Simon as he broke serve three times from six opportunities. 

Ferrer won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title last year in Paris, when he defeated Jerzy Janowicz. The 31 year old is coming off successive runner-up showings in Stockholm (l. to Dimitrov) and Valencia (l. to Youzhny) and is looking to win his third ATP World Tour title of the year.

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