Paris – Novak Djokovic swept into the semi-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday with a rapid-fire 6-1, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka.
In the first of the quarter-finals, the Serbian second seed got off to the perfect start with a break in the second game to lead 3-0 and he wrapped up the first set at 6-1 after just 26 minutes with Wawrinka struggling to find his range off both flanks.
The Swiss seventh seed did have his chances early in the second set, but failed to put away any of the four break points he had in the second game.
Two games later he had another chance to break but once again came up short and he immediately paid the price as Djokovic pounced on the Swiss player's errors to take a 4-3 lead.
The Serb served out for the win, Wawrinka ceding match point with a backhand drive that sailed marginally wide.
Djokovic will next play the winner of the match between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro for a place in Sunday's final.
For Wawrinka, the consolation was that he had already clinched his first ever place in next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London. – Sapa-AFP