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Wawrinka, Gasquet win in Paris, head to London

  |   Oct. 31, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet Thursday won Paris Masters third-round matches and spots in the ATP World Tour Finals.

Wawrinka, seeded seventh in Paris, defeated 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2 and later Gasquet, seeded ninth, topped Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to the BNP Paribas Masters quarterfinals.

The wins were important but, in fact, the invitations to the Tour Finals in London came when sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych beat Milos Raonic, the 10th seed, 7-6 (15-13), 6-4. By Thursday Raonic was the only player, other than those who ended up qualifying, with a chance at a berth in London, but he needed to reach the finals in Paris to do so.

The rest of the Paris Masters will be something of a London preview as the eight quarterfinalists make up the field in London.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play Gasquet and third-seeded David Ferrer takes on Berdych in the top half of the bracket's quarters Friday while No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic plays Wawrinka and fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro meets No. 5-seed Roger Federer in the other.

Nadal wrapped up third-round play with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over 14th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz. Nadal had the break late in the first set to take the lead and had a pair in the second set, with the second ending on a double fault by Janowicz.

Djokovic started relatively slowly but still beat 13th-seeded John Isner 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2 without facing a break point, and Ferrer, who also didn't lose his serve Thursday, ousted No. 15 Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3.

Del Potro was a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Grigor Dimitrov, and Federer improved to 8-0 all-time against Philipp Kohlschreiber with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

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