Federer Advances, Murray Sets Ferrer in Last 8

Roger Federer needed 63 more minutes to wrap up his fourth round win over Gael Monfils after play had been carried over from Sunday due to a rainfall.

The 2009 champion sealed his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over home favorite Gael Monfils in a match which lasted for 2 hours and 17 minutes.

The tie resumed at a-set all on Monday, but the Swiss quickly broke free of Monfils, holding serves for a 4-2 lead. Monfils fought back, forcing Federer to save one break point in the eighth game of the third set.

Federer broke in the first game of the fourth set and, along the line, reeled off 10 straight points to seal victory and proceed to his 11th Roland Garros quarter-final.

He will face compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who saw off another Frenchman Gilles Simons on Day 8, in the next round. The Second seed holds a 16-2 head-to-head record over his fellow Davis Cup team-mate.

Roger Federer Sees Off Gael Monfils Through to French Open Last 8. Image: RG via Getty.
Roger Federer Sees Off Gael Monfils Through to French Open Last 8. Image: RG via Getty.

Elsewhere, fired up David Ferrer cruised past US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals in Court 1.

The win saw the man from Valencia, Spain take his French Open match wins record to 40 (with twelve losses to go with it).

Ferrer will face Andy Murray in the quarter-finals after the British No. 1 knocked out Jeremy Chardy 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the other fourth round tie.

Andy Murray extended his clay winning run to 14 matches. The third seed holds a 9-6 career head-to-head record against Ferrer, but has never won the seventh seed on clay.

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