Paris - World No 1 Rafael Nadal broke the stubborn resistance of Poland's Jerzy
Janowicz's to win 7-5 6-4 and reach the last eight of the Paris Masters
They join Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro,
Berdych and Roger Federer in next week's showpiece. All eight reached
the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Friday.
Nadal, who has yet to win the Miami and Shanghai Masters either, broke
decisively in the 11th game of the opening set and, after an early trade
of breaks in the second, got the upper hand when he took Janowicz's
serve again in the fifth game.
Wawrinka is eighth in the ATP Race to London with Gasquet in ninth spot.
The cut off point for qualification was lowered to ninth after British
world No 4 Andy Murray pulled out of the season finale because of lower
Results from the Paris Masters Series tournament on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x14) 7-5, 6-4
Richard Gasquet (FRA x9) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-3, 6-2
David Ferrer (ESP x3) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x15) 6-2, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x10) 7-6 (15/13), 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI x5) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-3, 6-4
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x4) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x7) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x12) 6-3, 6-2
Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt John Isner (USA x13) 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2