Nadal advances to Paris Masters semis

PARIS: Rafael Nadal set up a semifinal match up against Novak Djokovic at the Paris Masters with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Gael Monfils gave French fans hope of a home champion by reaching his first Paris semifinal with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic. Monfils will play Radek Stepanek, who advanced when U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro retired trailing 4-0 with a groin injury from his previous match.