However, Federer, with his 32nd birthday fast approaching, heads to Paris not having won a trophy in the year for the first time since 2000.
Not that his confidence has been dented.
“I am playing well and I am healthy, so I have everything to play for next week,” the Swiss said.
AP, NICE, France
The US’ Sam Querrey reached the quarter-finals of the Nice Open by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Querrey broke his opponent three times, while Stakhovsky converted only one of seven opportunities.
Querrey will play French wild card Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who rallied to defeat Ricardas Berankis 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun was routed 6-2, 6-0 by Pablo Andujar, while Albert Montanes advanced to the last eight by beating Victor Hanescu 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Robin Haase beat fourth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Gael Monfils beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the late match.
POWER HORSE CUP
AP, DUSSELDORF, Germany
Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic lost in the second round of the Power Horse Cup on Wednesday, falling 7-6 (1), 6-1 to Argentine qualifier Guido Pella.
It is the biggest career win for the 101st-ranked Pella, knocking out the 10th-ranked Serb to reach the ATP World Tour quarter-finals for the first time.
Pella will play seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who defeated Grega Zemlja of Slovenia 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina topped Andre Ghem 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final with Tobias Kamke, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-4.
Second-seeded Tommy Haas rallied past Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. The German will next play Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Igor Sijsling knocked out fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will play Jan Hajek. The Czech routed Daniel Brands 6-1, 6-0.