Paris Masters 2013: Full Results from Thrilling Men's Singles Quarterfinals
Some of tennis' biggest superstars showed up big in the quarterfinals of the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters on Friday, and the semifinals are now set to go for Saturday.
We saw David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all advance on Friday, and that just makes the rest of the tournament that much more exciting. We see each of these guys usually make deep runs, but it isn't not incredibly common that we see all of them in the semifinals at once.
Let's take a look at the complete results from the Paris Masters on Friday, followed by a recap of each of the matches.
|No. 3 David Ferrer||4-6, 7-5, 6-3||No. 6 Tomas Berdych|
|No. 1 Rafael Nadal||6-4, 6-1||No. 9 Richard Gasquet|
|No. 5 Roger Federer||6-3, 4-6, 6-3||No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro|
|No. 2 Novak Djokovic||6-1, 6-4||No. 7 Stanislas Wawrinka|
David Ferrer Overcomes Early Struggles to Top Tomas Berdych
Things didn't get off to the best start for Ferrer on Friday against Tomas Berdych. He fell 6-4 in the opening set, and it looked like he may be heading toward an early exit.
Ferrer was then able to set the tone early in the second set, going up 4-1 in the first five games. Berdych came back to make it a close set, but Ferrer came back 7-5, then won the deciding third set to advance.
The Spaniard will now have to take on Nadal in the semifinals, hoping that he can survive and try to win his second consecutive title at the Paris Masters. However, Nadal is 20-4 all-time against Ferrer, and that does not bode well.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Coast to Easy Wins
Who will we see in the finals?
It wasn't much of a challenge for Rafael Nadal in his quarterfinal match, as he coasted by Richard Gasquet in a two-set match that lasted just 67 minutes. Nadal lost serve only once in the match.
Meanwhile, Djokovic won his 15th straight match, taking down Stanislas Wawrinka in two straight sets as well. He had little trouble dismissing his opponent, saving all six break points he faced against Wawrinka.
Nadal will now take on Ferrer as he looks to stay on top of the ATP rankings by keeping ahead of Djokovic. For Novak, he will be taking on Federer in what has been a very competitive rivalry over the years, although Roger has been having one of his worst years of his professional career.
With the two fighting for that top spot in the ATP rankings, it would certainly be quite entertaining to see them go at it in the finals.
Roger Federer Gets Big Win to Move Into Semifinals
It hasn't been a fun year for Federer, but he finally got another convincing win over a tough opponent, taking down Juan Martin del Potro in three sets.
These two actually had faced each other five days before, with del Potro taking down Federer in the Swiss Indoors finals, keeping Roger from getting a title in his hometown tournament.
CNN International provided this quote from Federer about his upcoming match against Djokovic in the semifinals:
I prefer playing him now than four months ago. I'm more confident now and I believe again in my chances. But if I had played a few weeks ago or a few months ago, I might have thought that I was not sure.
The win sets up a big semifinals match between these two, and we haven't seen them play each other since the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals, when Djokovic won in two sets. Federer is hoping that the confidence boost will be enough for him to move past Djokovic and advance to the finals, but this is bound to be a tightly contested match.
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