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PARIS---Novak Djokovic won
his 15th straight match and
Roger Federer avenged last
week's loss to Juan Martin del
Potro, setting up a semifinal
match between the two at the
Djokovic beat Stanislas
Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-1, 6-
4, while Federer defeated Del
Potro of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal also
moved into the semifinals with
a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Richard
Gasquet of France and will next
play either defending champion
David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych.
Federer earned his first victory
over a top-10 player since January,
when he outlasted Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga in the quarterfinals of the
"That's definitely good for my
confidence, because those are the
kind of wins I need right now,"
Federer said. "I'm happy now I
won against a top-10 again, espe-
cially just before London where
I will have to play against three
top-10 players in a row."
The eight quarterfinalists at
the Paris Masters are the same
eight who have qualified for the
ATP World Tour Finals in London
Federer lost to del Potro in last
weekend's Swiss Indoors final,
but the 17-time Grand Slam
champion played nearly flawless
tennis in the first set, making 17
winners and only four unforced
Del Potro fought back in the
second set, saving a break point
in the opening game before con-
verting his second break chance
at 5-4 to level the match when
the fifth-seeded Swiss netted a
In the deciding set, Del Potro
sent a forehand into the net to
drop serve at 3-3 and Federer
won the match when the Argen-
tine hit a forehand long.
Djokovic, who saved all six
break points he faced, won 13 of
19 points at the net.
"Coming to the net is one of
the improvements that I had
recently," Djokovic said. "It didn't
click so fast, trust me. I had to
work and put in many, many
hours on the practice court that
you guys don't see."
Wawrinka lost five-setters
against Djokovic at the Australian
Open and the US Open this year.
"When he plays that good it's
very difficult, especially on this
surface where he's the best, I
believe," Wawrinka said.
Nadal improved his record
against Gasquet to 12-0 despite
a crowd cheering loudly for the
only Frenchman left in the draw.
The Spaniard, who is seeking
a record sixth Masters title in a
single season, broke for a 4-3 lead
with a crosscourt backhand return
winner. Gasquet struggled with
his one-handed backhand against
Nadal's powerful groundstrokes.
The US Open champion went a
set up when Gasquet made a
Nadal took a 4-0 lead in the
second set and finished off Gas-
quet by whipping a forehand win-
ner down the line. (AP)
Nadal, Djokovic, Federer
advance at Paris Masters
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Stanislas Wawrinka of
Switzerland during their quarter final match, at the Paris Masters tennis at
Bercy Arena in Paris, France, yesterday. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-4. AP PHOTO
SOFIA---Ana Ivanovic wasted a 5-2 lead
in the third set to lose 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) to
Elena Vesnina in their last group match
at the season-ending Tournament of
Champions, but still advanced to the semi-
finals at the expense of her opponent.
Samantha Stosur and Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova also secured spots in the
semis, joining already qualified Simona
Vesnina's victory meant both she and
Ivanovic finished round-robin play with 2-
1 records, but Ivanovic advanced because
of more sets won.
The sixth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova swept
past Alize Cornet of France, 6-2, 6-2, while
Stosur defeated Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova
In today's semis, Ivanovic will play Halep,
and Stosur will face Pavlyuchenkova.(AP)
Ivanovic, Stosur reach semis in Sofia
CAPE TOWN---Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia
and Brendon de Jonge are the latest players
to confirm they will be at the expanded
Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City in
December, organizers said Friday.
No 4-ranked Henrik Stenson and No 5
Justin Rose, the US Open champion, were
confirmed for the December 5-8 event last
DA Points, a two-time winner on the
PGA Tour, also will play for the $1.5 million
prize at Sun City and join US players Gary
Woodland and Kevin Streelman.
Donald returns to Sun City for the first
time since 2011, when he played at the Ned-
bank as the No. 1-ranked player the week
before making history as the first man to
top the US and European money lists. Don-
ald hasn't been as dominant since, slipping
to No 14, and is without a title this year.
Garcia has won the Nedbank twice and
is in the running to be the first non-African
to claim a hat trick of titles at Sun City.
De Jonge and Points will be making their
This year's Nedbank has full European
Tour status and counts toward world rank-
ings, Ryder Cup points and the tour's Race
to Dubai money list. The invitational event
also has been expanded from 12 to 30 players
and the prize money increased to $6.5 mil-
lion, although the winner's share is
unchanged at $1.5 million. (AP)
SHANGHAI---Dustin Johnson overpowered Sheshan
International yesterday with a stunning display off
the tee that carried him to 10 birdies, a share of the
course record with a 9-under 63 and a five-shot
lead going into the weekend at the HSBC Champi-
"I'm driving it really good," said Johnson, and while
that didn't provide much insight, he really didn't need
to say much more.
The 29-year-old American, who was 1-over after
his opening nine holes of this World Golf Champi-
onship, hammered a drive on the par-5 second hole
and has been on a roll ever since. He is 13-under over
his last 27 holes.
Johnson became the sixth player to shoot 63 at
Sheshan, and the first since Martin Kaymer in the
final round two years ago.
He was at 12-under 132.
Rory McIlroy, who started the second round with
a two-shot lead, reached 10-under at the turn and
couldn't keep up. McIlroy hit into the same fairway
bunker on No. 11 as he did on Thursday and made
bogey, but he didn't have many birdie chances the
rest of the way and had to settle for a 72.
McIlroy was at 7-under 137 with Boo Weekley (67)
and former Masters champion Bubba Watson (69).
With a wedge in his hand on the par-5 14th, McIlroy
went just over the green and had to hit a delicate chip
to save par. He drove into the tiny pot bunker left of
the green on the par-4 16th and took two shots to
get out. And on the par-5 18th, his second shot found
the water, leading to bogey.
"I just hit a couple of bad shots, and then I guess
I let it affect me a little bit, and then I started to doubt
myself sometimes," McIlroy said. "I didn't hit a lot
of quality shots on the back nine."
Johnson hardly missed. He only hit eight of 14 fair-
ways, but several of those were in the first cut of
rough, and two of them counted as missed fairways
because he was trying to drive the green on the par
4s. At the seventh, his tee shot was just short of the
bunker in front of the green, leading to an easy up-
and-down for birdie. On the 16th, he hit 3-iron just
short of the green in a drain, took a free drop and
chipped to 3 feet for birdie.
Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, BMW Masters winner
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Ian Poulter were
among those at 6-under 138. Phil Mickelson, trying
to recover from his quadruple bogey-bogey finish to
the opening round, had a 68 and was seven shots
Dustin Johnson of the United States prepares to
putt on the 1st green during the second round of the
HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan
International Golf Club in Shanghai, China,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
...builds 5-shot lead
Donald, Garcia, De Jonge to play Nedbank
Vinci will take on Alexandra Panova and
Sara Errani will face 18-year-old Irina
Khromacheva on the opening day of the
Fed Cup final between Italy and Russia.
Russia has won the tournament four
times in the past 10 years but has traveled
to Italy without any of its stars, who instead
will play in the Tournament of Champions.
Its highest ranked player is Alisa Kley-
banova, who at No. 183 is ranked 95 places
below Italy's fourth player, Karin Knapp.
"I don't know her very much. I'll see
maybe on internet how she plays," Errani
said. "She's very young but she's a good
player so it won't be easy for sure but we
are ready to go on court and give every-
Khromacheva, Panova and Margarita
Gasparyan have never before played for
Italy is in its fifth final in eight years
and is the overwhelming favorite to claim
its fourth Fed Cup title.
"We are favourite in this final but I say
many times we play Fed Cup and this kind
of competition is very dangerous," Italy
captain Corrado Barazzutti said. "We have
to play and win. It will be a tough match
as any other Fed Cup matches."
The reverse singles are tomorrow with
Errani taking on Panova and Vinci facing
Khromacheva. Vinci and Errani are the
No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world
but Barazzutti has chosen Flavia Pennetta
--- who has been a part of three Fed Cup-
winning teams --- and Knapp to face Kley-
banova and Gasparyan.
The best-of-five series starts today. (AP)
Vinci faces Panova in opener of Fed Cup final
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