Monfils edges past Ferrer in 5 sets

Updated: 30 May 2011 22:00 IST

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.

Paris:

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.

Topics : Tennis Venus Williams Gael Monfils David Ferrer Novak Djokovic Juan Martin del Potro Andy Murray French Open 2011
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