Paris - Former world number one Roger Federer booked his place for the ATP
World Tour finals when he dismissed South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4
to reach the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
Swiss, who started the week in seventh place in the ATP Race to London,
made sure of finishing in the top nine - the cut required after British
world number four Andy Murray pulled out because of back surgery.
is the 12th consecutive time Federer has qualified for the event and
equals Ivan Lendl's record for the most successive appearances at the
Two places are still available for next
week's showdown in London and Federer's compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka
stayed on course to snatch one of them by advancing in Paris at the
expense of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, whom he beat 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
and France's Richard Gasquet will claim the two spots if Canadian Milos
Raonic, the third and last candidate, loses to Dutchman Robin Haase
later on Wednesday.
Seventh seed Wawrinka hoping to qualify for the finals for the first time, started the week in eighth place.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych have already qualified.
victory means Spaniard Nicolas Almagro is ruled out of the race. German
Tommy Haas, who was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by fellow German Philipp
Kohlschreiber, also dropped out.
Federer barely broke sweat to knock out Anderson.
broke his opponent's serve in the first game and never looked back.
Anderson's series of unforced errors made sure there would be no contest
at Bercy, even though the world number 21 rallied from 4-1 down in the
World number one Nadal saw off fellow Spaniard Marcel
Granollers 7-5, 7-5 to advance into the third round as he aims to bag one
of the three Masters titles he has never won.
Nadal was never
really troubled by Granollers and broke decisively in the 11th game of
each set to tee up a meeting with last year's runner-up Jerzy Janowicz
of Poland, the 14th seed.
"All opponents are good here. There is
no easy opponent on a surface like this one, in a tough tournament like
this one," the eight-times French Open champion told a news conference.
"But hopefully for my opponents I'm not going to be good news, either."
was pushed harder but the Swiss served 19 aces against Lopez and
prevailed in under two hours, recovering quickly after a dip in
concentration cost the 28-year-old the second set. Results from the Paris Masters Series tournament on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-3, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x3) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
John Isner (USA x13) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-3
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x12) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 7-5, 7-5
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x4) bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x7) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-2, 7-5
Roger Federer (SUI x5) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 6-4, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Tommy Haas (GER x11) 6-2, 6-2