PARIS: Third seed Daniil Medvedev thrashed Diego Schwartzman on Friday to reach the Paris Masters semi-finals, leaving the Argentinian facing a nervous wait to see if he will qualify for the ATP Tour Finals.
Russian Medvedev raced to a 6-3, 6-1 win in just 64 minutes to set up a last-four clash with either Milos Raonic or in-form Frenchman Ugo Humbert.
Schwartzman will still book a Tour Finals debut in London if Pablo Carreno Busta, who faces Rafael Nadal later on Friday, fails to win the title at Bercy Arena.
Even if Carreno Busta is victorious this week he will still need to win next week’s Sofia title to be sure of qualification.
“Since I won yesterday (Thursday) I’m just watching Pablo, because it’s the only opponent I have right now,” said Schwartzman.
“We were joking yesterday about the next tournament in Sofia, if he’s going to play or if he’s going to win this tournament.
“But, yeah, obviously I’m watching right now because I’m not anymore in the tournament, and today maybe I hope Rafa wins.”
Medvedev has now won all four of his meetings with Schwartzman.
The world number five, whose seven ATP titles have all come on hard courts, broke Schwartzman’s serve in the third game and never looked back.
Schwartzman never looked like mounting a comeback, winning just one of 28 points on Medvedev’s first serve.
“I was doing everything bad today,” admitted Schwartzman. “It can happen, but it’s disappointing.
“I arrived to the match playing good tennis, playing really good weeks before here, and nothing. Was a disappointing match.”
The Tour Finals, being played in London for the last time before moving to Turin, get underway on November 15.