Roger Federer’s bid for a 100th career title remains on as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals.
The Swiss maestro next faces Japan’s Kei Nishikori before a possible showdown with Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
But he says he is thinking more about winning the season-ending ATP Finals, which start Nov. 11.
“My objective is London. If I can do well here in Paris and beat (Djokovic), all the better,” Federer said. “But I’m not there yet. We’ll see.”
Federer, 37 and returning to the tournament for the first time since 2015, was hardly tested as he beat Fognini for the fourth time in four matches.
He was fresh after Milos Raonic pulled out injured before their second-round match on Wednesday.
“It was welcome because my body needed it,” Federer said. “I needed an extra day and this is what I got. It was a lot of luck.”
Djokovic, chasing a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title, advanced toward that when Damir Dzumhur retired trailing 6-1, 2-1.
Djokovic, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking next week regardless of where he finishes, faces Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals.
“I’m obviously very proud of the achievement,” said Djokovic, whose ranking slipped to No. 22 in May as he struggled to shake off a persistent elbow problem.
“Five months ago, if you told me that (I would be No. 1 now), it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.”