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Djokovic continues resurgence in Paris

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Novak Djokovic continued in his quest for a second Paris Masters title with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 quarter-final win over Stanislas Wawrinka.

Second seed Djokovic raced through the opening set in less than 30 minutes, dropping just six points on his serve to seize the lead - a stark contrast to the last two meetings between the pair, which saw them go five sets in the semi-final of the US Open and the last 16 of the Australian Open.

However, the second set proved to be much closer with the opening six games going to serve. Djokovic broke in the seventh and held on to book his spot in the semi-final.

Djokovic's victory is the latest instalment of what is proving to be a strong response to his US Open final loss. Djokovic has not lost since his Flushing Meadows defeat to Rafael Nadal, picking up the Shanghai Masters and China Open titles.

The Serb will face Roger Federer for a place in the final after the Swiss took a measure of revenge on Juan Martin del Potro. Federer, who was beaten to the Basel title by Del Potro last week, won the first set 6-3 but the Argentine fought back to take the second set 6-4 and level the match. In a thrilling final set, Federer broke Del Potro to lead 3-2, but Del Potro broke back immediately. However Federer broke another two times to take the final set 6-3.

Rafael Nadal saw off Richard Gasquet to book a semi-final spot with a 6-4 6-1 win. The Frenchman, who saw his place at the ATP World Tour Finals in London confirmed on Thursday, recovered a break in the first set but was not able to stop the World No.1 taking it in the end. Nadal then won the first four games of the second set before Gasquet finally stopped the rot by holding a service game for 4-1. But the Spaniard held and then broke Gasquet's service again to wrap things up.

Defending champion David Ferrer battled back from a set down to beat Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-5 6-3 and complete the semi-final line-up in Paris.

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