Tennis: Rafa Nadal through to q-finals, on track to win his first Paris Masters title

World number one Rafael Nadal (above) broke the stubborn resistance of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz to win 7-5, 6-4 and reach the last eight of the Paris Masters yesterday. -- PHOTO: AP
World number one Rafael Nadal (above) broke the stubborn resistance of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz to win 7-5, 6-4 and reach the last eight of the Paris Masters yesterday. -- PHOTO: AP

PARIS (REUTERS) - World number one Rafa Nadal broke the stubborn resistance of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz to win 7-5, 6-4 and reach the last eight of the Paris Masters yesterday.

In the quarter-finals of the Paris event - one of only three Masters titles the Spaniard has yet to win - Nadal faces local favourite Richard Gasquet who, along with Stanislas Wawrinka, has completed the ATP World Tour finals line-up.

Both won their third-round matches at Bercy but it was Milos Raonic's defeat by Tomas Berdych that sent them into next week's season-ending showdown in London.

They join Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, Berdych and Roger Federer in the showpiece.

All eight reached the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Federer showed glimpses of his brilliant best as he outclassed Philip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 to advance.

A day after securing his place at the World Tour finals, the Swiss won comfortably to set up a clash with Argentinian del Potro, who beat him in the Basel final last week.

"It wouldn't be nice to lose once more against him. If it happens, I will accept it, but if I win, I will have something extra for London," Federer said.