BNP Paribas Masters Quarterfinals
Paris Masters Men's Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 31
1-Novak Djokovic beat 8-Andy Murray 7-5 6-2
7-Milos Raonic beat 2-Roger Federer 7-6 (5) 7-5
6-Kei Nishikori beat 4-David Ferrer 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4
5-Tomas Berdych beat Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4
Raonic Upsets Federer, Makes World Tour Finals; Berdych Stops Anderson
atpworldtour.com: October 31 2014 Paris, France - Milos Raonic pulled out his best tennis when it counted most on Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters, keeping his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals dream alive as he defeated Roger Federer, 7-6(5), 7-5, for the first time in seven attempts to reach the semi-finals in Paris.
If Kei Nishikori beats David Ferrer in the final quarter-final of the day, the field will be set for the Final Showdown, with Nishikori and Raonic clinching the final two berths. The 23-year-old Raonic is bidding to qualify for the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, for the first time. The Toronto native needs to go one round further than Ferrer at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Paris-Bercy.
In Saturday’s semi-finals, Raonic will face Tomas Berdych, who earlier booked his spot in London with victory over Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4. The 29-year-old Berdych, who reached the semi-finals at the season finale in 2011 (l. to Tsonga), has compiled a 54-19 record in 2014. The Czech is a two-time titlist this year at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (d. Cilic) and the If Stockholm Open (d. Dimitrov).
All is not lost in the Battle for No. 1, according to Roger Federer, as he turns his attention to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he is looking to win the title for the seventh time. The Swiss’ bid to finish as year-end World No. 1 for the sixth time took a hit on Friday as he was beaten in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters by Milos Raonic.
Novak Djokovic leads Federer by 490 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London, the year-to-date standings, and could add another 820 points to his tally with victory at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Paris. It would potentially stretch his lead to 1,310. The Serb plays the in-form Andy Murray in the Paris quarter-finals.
“I always thought it was going to get solved in London,” said Federer. “What this [loss] means is I will have a good preparation for London. It's not that I didn't want to win here, but I knew it was going to be tough from the start. I accept that. Now I will continue to prepare for London. I'm going to stay on indoors now. Obviously two days more is big. So I'm looking forward to some days off right now, really resting my body to the max in a short period of time. I have plenty of days now to get ready for London, which is kind of nice, as well. So I can actually properly practise for a change as well again.”
The 33-year-old Federer came into Paris on a 12-match winning streak, taking in back-to-back titles at the Shanghai Rolex Masters and the Swiss Indoors Basel. But he came up against a determined Raonic, who beat the Swiss for the first time in seven attempts to keep alive his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Djokovic Defeats Murray in Straight Sets; Nishikori Edges Ferrer, First Asian Player to Qualify for World Tour Finals
Djokovic continued his push to finish 2014 as year-end World No. 1, ousting eighth-seed Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2. The two-time Paris champion, who will vie for a fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final appearance, fired 12 winners and just one ace over the one hour and 41 minute affair, the 23rd in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry.
Following a lengthy 64-minute first set, won by the top seed with a late break of serve, Murray pounced early in the second, breaking for a 2-1 advantage. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Djokovic broke back immediately and proceeded to reel off five straight games to secure the victory. It was his fourth win in four meetings this year, all on hard courts.
The eight-player singles field for the 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is set. Japan’s Kei Nishikori makes history by becoming the first Asian player to qualify for the season finale in singles after he beat David Ferrer 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals today. As a result of Nishikori’s victory, Milos Raonic, who earlier beat Roger Federer in the Paris quarter-finals, also qualified for the first time. Raonic is the first Canadian player to qualify for the season finale in singles.
Nishikori and Raonic join two-time defending champion and 2008 titlist Novak Djokovic, six-time former winner Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic at The O2 in London from 9-16 November. Spain’s Rafael Nadal also qualified, but was forced to withdraw as he will undergo appendix surgery next week.