BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2013
Federer Books Berth, Wawrinka Keeps Pace
by ATP Staff|
Roger Federer booked his 12th consecutive appearance at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after defeating South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Swiss native, seeded fifth in Paris, broke three times and served seven aces in the battle that lasted one hour and 22 minutes. Federer goes on to play Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Round of 16.
"It feels great, I'm so happy," said Federer. "It's been a tough year so this is a little bit of a highlight. It was one of the goals I set myself at the start of the year and I've been able to achieve it. I'm looking forward to a good performance in Paris to gear myself up to hopefully play great tennis in London."
With no more room for error for the rest of the field in the Emirates ATP Race To London, Stanislas Wawrinka returned to eighth in the standings after defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round.
Wawrinka is looking to qualify for the season finale for the first time and bounced back from the first-round loss he endured at the Swiss Indoors Basel last week to claim his 48th win of the season. The 28 year old struck 19 aces and converted two of his four break points to beat Lopez in one hour and 47 minutes.
His victory means that Nicolas Almagro no longer has the chance to qualify for the Final Showdown. Eleventh seed Tommy Haas also fell out of contention after his straight-set loss to fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber. The final two spots in the eight-man field are being chased by Richard Gasquet, Wawrinka, and Milos Raonic.
Wawrinka has twice before reached the final of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, including earlier this year at the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Nadal), and goes on to face the 12th-seeded Almagro, who dismissed Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3.
Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic kept their slender hopes of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals alive as they defeated Lukas Dlouhy and Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 in the first round. Zimonjic won the Paris crown four years ago with Daniel Nestor.
Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Americans John Isner and Nicholas Monroe 7-6(2), 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals.