Monfils beats Ferrer in 5 sets at French Open

Published May. 30, 2011 4:50 p.m. EDT

Gael Monfils battled through to the quarterfinals of the French Open on Monday by beating David Ferrer 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 8-6 in a match that stretched over two days and lasted more than four hours.

The ninth-seeded Monfils, a semifinalist at Roland Garros three years ago, will next play Roger Federer.

The Frenchman sealed the win on his fourth match point with a forehand passing shot.

Monfils was leading the seventh-seeded Ferrer 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 0-2 on Sunday when their match was suspended because of darkness.


Monfils is playing in his sixth tournament of the year after being hampered by a left wrist injury.

This is the first time since 2002 that two French players will be in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Marion Bartoli has also advanced.


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