ATP Malaysian Open: Stanislas Wawrinka clinches last eight spot in Kuala Lumpur
Stanislas Wawrinka secured a quarter-final spot at the Malaysian Open after seeing off Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-1 7-5.
Last Updated: 26/09/13 4:49pm
The second seed is hoping to do well in Kuala Lumpur in order to qualify for the season ending ATP World Tour finals for the first time in his career.
He is currently in eighth and final spot in the race to London and should he win the title here, Wawrinka would put clear daylight between himself and the chasing pack.
"It's every player's dream to play there, it's something big and amazing, but it's better for me to take care of what is happening right now," he said.
"If I want to be there, I will need to play well and win matches, so as long as I don't think too much, I'm sure I have chance to be there."
Wawrinka was too good for the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, hammering down six aces without his serve being threatened once.
The Swiss No 2 will be up against sixth seed Dimitry Tursunov of Russia, who outclassed Spanish wildcard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 6-4.
World No 26 Jurgen Melzer set up up a date with Federico Delbonis after the fourth-seeded Austrian outlasted Germany's Mischa Zverev 7-5 6-4.
His victory sets up a clash with Delbonis on Friday after the Argentinian reached the final eight by upsetting seventh-seeded Canadian Vasek Posposil 7-6 (2) 7-6 (1).
Joining Melzer are Joao Sousa of Portugal and fifth seed Julien Benneteau of France.
Sousa came back from a set down to defeat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 4-6 7-5 6-0, while fifth seed Benneteau outplayed Spain's Pablo Andujar 7-6 (10/8) 6-2.
Top seed David Ferrer qualified for the quarter-finals on Wednesday when he breezed past Matteo Viola 6-2 6-3.