Federer beats Monfils to enter Roland Garros Quarters

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Paris: Second seed Roger Federer reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 11th time on Monday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over France`s Gael Monfils.

Federer, the 2009 champion, will now face Swiss Davis Cup winning teammate Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.

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He raced through the final two sets on Monday in just over an hour after the last-16 tie was delicately poised at a set apiece when it was suspended in the chilly gloom of Sunday evening.

“I feel fresh and pumped up to be back in the quarter-finals again after missing out last year,” said Federer, who was beaten by Ernests Gulbis in the last 16 in 2014.

Monfils, a semi-finalist in 2008, was nowhere near his swashbuckling best on Monday slipping to a break down in the first game of both sets.

At 2-1 down in the fourth, he needed the trainer to be called although the Frenchman`s problems appeared more related to the cold from which he was suffering rather than any physical problem.

He lost the last five games of the contest and although he saved a match point with a trademark cute drop volley, an equally characteristic wild forehand sealed his fate.

It was 33-year-old Federer`s ninth win in 13 meetings against Monfils who had triumphed over the Swiss star on clay in Monte Carlo last month and in November`s Davis Cup final.

Federer will take a 16-2 career advantage over Wawrinka into Tuesday`s quarter-final, including on clay in Rome earlier this month.

“It`s special to play Stan, there aren`t many Swiss players in the draw,” said Federer.

“I`m quite positive about it.”

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