Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal qualified for the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters tournament on Thursday. The Serbian and the Spaniard won in the third round in two sets respectively of the British Kyle Edmund (7-6 (7) and 6-1) and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka (6-4 and 6-4).
Djokovic only had trouble with Edmund in the first set. He only pulled in the tiebreak at the longest end, but then he was normal in the second set.
Djokovic takes on a spot in the semi-finals against Greek Stéfanos Tsitsipás, who was also too strong for Australian Alex de Minaur in two sets: 6-3 and 6-4.
Nadal was satisfied with two breaks against Wawrinka. He beat in the first set at 1-1 and in the second set at 4-4 through the service of his opponent, who, after a long injury, has regained his connection with the world top.
'Rafa' meets the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-final, who settled in three sets with the German Jan-Lennard Struff: 2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (6).
Also Dimitrov and Garín to quarter finals
Unlike Djokovic and Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev were surprised in the third round. The Austrian and the Swiss lost to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (3-6 and 2-6) and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (2-6, 7-5 and 2-6) respectively.
Dimitrov and Shapovalov encounter the Chilean Cristian Garín (7-6 (4), 4-6 and 7-6 (6) against the Frenchman Jérémy Chardy) and the winner of the match between Frenchman Gaël Monfils and the Moldovan Radu Albot.
Karen Khachanov is the title defender. The Russian surprised Djokovic in the final last year (7-5 and 6-4), but this year he was eliminated in the second round by Struff: 6-7 (4), 6-3, 5-7.
The Masters tournament in Paris is one of the last preparations for the prestigious and lucrative ATP Finals in two weeks in London, to which the eight best tennis players of this year can participate.