Argentinian Diego Schwartzman moved inside one win of reaching the ATP Tour Finals for the primary time because of a third-round thrashing of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on the Paris Masters on Thursday.
The sixth seed raced to a 6-1, 6-1 victory in solely an hour and can face third seed Daniil Medvedev within the quarter-finals on Friday after the Russian’s 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Australia’s Alex de Minaur.
Schwartzman will qualify for the Tour Finals if he wins that match or if Pablo Carreno Busta doesn’t take the title.
“Tomorrow (Friday) goes to be a unique match and will probably be robust as a result of I need to be in London,” mentioned Schwartzman. “I have to do every thing in my arms.”
The season-ending occasion, being performed in London for the final time earlier than transferring to Turin, will get underway on November 15.
Davidovich Fokina beat former Bercy champion Karen Khachanov within the first spherical, however was no match for Schwartzman.
The 28-year-old broke 5 occasions and saved the 4 break factors he confronted, which all got here within the opening recreation of the match.
Medvedev battled again from a set right down to see off US Open quarter-finalist De Minaur and attain the final eight for the primary time.
All seven of his ATP Titles have come on onerous courts, with three of these additionally indoors.
The winner of Schwartzman and Medvedev might face Milos Raonic within the semis, after the Canadian noticed off American world quantity 91 Marcos Giron 7-6 (7/1), 6-1.
In a while Thursday, Rafael Nadal, recent from his 1,000th Tour win, takes on Australian Jordan Thompson within the third spherical.
Outcomes from the ATP’s Paris Masters event at Bercy Area on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x6) bt Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) 6-1, 6-1
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x3) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS x16) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2