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Djokovic vs Federer in semifinal of Paris Masters
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their quarter final match, at the Paris Masters tennis at Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
November 1, 2013, 1:20 pm

PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic won his 15th straight match and Roger Federer avenged last week's loss to Juan Martin del Potro, setting up a semifinal match between the two at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-1, 6-4, while Federer defeated Del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Friday.

Djokovic, who saved all six break points, won 13 of 19 points at the net.

"Coming to the net is one of the improvements that I had recently," Djokovic said. "It didn't click so fast, trust me. I had to work and put in many, many hours on the practice court that you guys don't see."

Wawrinka lost five-setters against Djokovic at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open this year.

"When he plays that good it's very difficult, especially on this surface where he's the best, I believe," Wawrinka said.

Federer lost to Del Potro in last weekend's Swiss Indoors final, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion played nearly flawless tennis in the first set, making 17 winners and only four unforced errors.

Del Potro fought back in the second set, saving a break point in the opening game before converting his second break chance at 5-4 to level the match when fifth-seeded Swiss netted a forehand.

In the deciding set, Del Potro netted a forehand to drop serve at 3-3 and Federer won the match when the Argentine hit a forehand long.

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