French Open: Federer beats Monfils; Djokovic next

French Open: Federer beats Monfils; Djokovic next

Published May. 31, 2011 6:48 p.m. ET

Roger Federer eliminated ninth-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday to set up a French Open semifinal against Novak Djokovic.

Federer lost in the semifinals of last year's U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open to Djokovic, who has won 43 matches in a row.

A year ago at Roland Garros, Federer exited in the quarterfinals, ending his streak of reaching a semifinal at a record 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

During this year's French Open, the third-seeded Federer hasn't dropped a set. He started slowly against Monfils, getting broken at love to fall behind 3-1, before taking control.


Monfils was the last Frenchman in the field of 21 who entered. He's now lost to Federer at the French Open in three of the past four years.


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