Fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-3 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
Paris:Fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-3 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters. The defeat ended the ninth-seeded Croat's bid to make the Masters Cup. Sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo also reached the semifinals when he beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4. Robredo will now play Davydenko, who has yet to drop a set. "I was playing against a much better guy today. It's hard when you're dealing with Nikolay in the form he is. I have to be a man and say 'well done," said Ancic. Davydenko believes he is in "the best indoor form" of his career. He has four titles this season and his 65 match wins is second only to top-ranked Roger Federer's 87. Hrbaty wins Also, 17th-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia upset defending champion and No 8 Tomas Berdych 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. "I just have to say he was playing one of his best matches. In the first set I had no chance. In the third set, it was the same. He was much better than me," said Berdych. The season-ending Masters Cup, which starts November 12 in Shanghai, is reserved for the top eight players in the ATP Race. Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic, Davydenko, Robredo and David Nalbandian have qualified so far. Haas, Blake in contention Ancic's loss means the last place will go to either Tommy Haas or James Blake. Haas needs to win the Paris Masters to overtake Blake, and he took a step closer by winning his quarterfinal against Marat Safin 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3. "So far so good. I haven't been paying too much attention to Shanghai. I guess I'm pretty close now and the others will be sweating a little bit," said Haas. Haas now plays Hrbaty for a place in Sunday's final. They have met three times already this season and 13 times overall, with Haas having won eight. "We know each other's games pretty well. I'm looking forward to playing him," said Haas. (AP)