Federer seals London berth
Roger Federer made sure of his qualification for the ATP World Tour finals with a straight-sets win over Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
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Federer came through 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the third round where he will face Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had earlier beaten 11th seed Tommy Haas.
With his qualification for the eight-man tournament at London's O2 Arena assured, the Swiss will now bid to win the season-ending event for a record seventh time when it begins on Monday.
Two places remain up for grabs in the London field and, following Wednesday's results in Paris, three men are left fighting over them.
Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic both won their second-round matches to stay firmly in the hunt.
Seventh seed Wawrinka beat Feliciano Lopez 6-3 3-6 6-3. He and Richard Gasquet, who was not in action on Wednesday, are the favourites to reach London but Raonic could still qualify. He will need to reach the Paris final to stand any chance though.
His bid to do just that got under way in impressive fashion on Wednesday night as he saw off Robin Haase 6-3 6-4.
Raonic hit 14 aces, did not have to face a single break point and lost just one point behind his fearsome first serve as he eased to victory - one which was sealed by an underarm serve with his opponent way back beyond the baseline in a bid to return the bomb serves the Canadian was sending down.
Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal also made sure of his safe passage to round three as he saw off fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-5 7-5.
It means the top seed will play Jerzy Janowicz on Thursday.
"I am happy about the victory today," Nadal said on the ATP's official website.
"(It was my) first match indoors against not an easy opponent. So it is a good victory, a positive one for me. The victories on days when you are not playing well have much more value than the victories on days that you played well.
"I have to improve a lot for tomorrow. I hope to be ready to do it. Tomorrow will be a tough match.
"I had a very tough one against him in Montreal this year. I'm going to try to play aggressively, play with more intensity than what I did today."
Spain's third seed David Ferrer also progressed but he was taken to three sets by Lukas Rosol, eventually winning 6-0 2-6 6-3.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, seeded fourth, saw off the challenge of Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (7/3) and lined up a third-round match with Grigor Dimitrov, who came though his encounter with 16th seed Fabio Fognini.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych beat Pablo Andujar 6-2 7-5 to book his place in the third round while Gilles Simon fought off Nicolas Mahut in a shade under three hours to triumph 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3).
Elsewhere, Nicolas Almagro defeated Ivan Dodig, although other results meant his hopes of reaching the Tour Finals ended, and American John Isner came through against Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny to set up a meeting with Novak Djokovic