Roger Federer set up a rematch of the Swiss Indoors final with Juan Martin Del Potro after he eased past Philip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Masters Thursday in Paris. The Swiss maestro was hardly challenged, despite facing two break points at 3 all in the first set. Not before long, he swept the next three games, and stayed even with the German until late in the second set, when he broke and quickly served out the match.
Already qualified for the London World Tour Finals, Federer is aiming to finish strong in 2013. He will face Del Potro in Friday’s quarterfinals. Earlier, Tomas Berdych defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (13) 6-4, guaranteeing the final spots for Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet. 2013 will mark the first time ever for two Swiss men to qualify for the season ending “Final Showdown.”
Federer Eases Past Kohlschreiber at Paris Masters
Press conference (via ATP World Tour).