French Open: Federer, Murray reach quarter-finals

Second-seed Federer will face compatriot Wawrinka in his 11th quarter-final at Roland Garros; Murray to face Ferrer

    Federer has beaten Monfils in all four meetings at Roland Garros [Getty Images]
    Federer has beaten Monfils in all four meetings at Roland Garros [Getty Images]

    Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat of local favourite Gael Monfils.

    The match, resuming at one-set all on Court Philippe Chatrier after being held over from Sunday, began with the second-seeded Swiss breaking serve.

    Federer, who had lost his two previous encounters against the 13th-seeded Frenchman, never looked back and went on to complete his fourth victory over Monfils at Roland Garros.

    He next faces compatriot Stan Wawrinka, the eighth-seed.

    Elsewhere, Andy Murray let his racket, rather than his mouth, do the talking when he silenced Jeremy Chardy with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

    The Frenchman was critical of Murray's decision to pull out of last month's Italian Open, citing exhaustion, after he had lost to the Scot in the second round.

    "If you want to win a grand slam, everybody is tired," the Frenchman said.

    "So I was a little bit pissed when I saw he retired because of tiredness."

    The Scot showed just what he was capable of producing on Monday following the extra rest he gave his body in the buildup to the claycourt major.

    He next faces Spain's David Ferrer who sealed a straight-sets win over Marin Cilic.

    Results:

    3-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2

    7-David Ferrer (Spain) beat 9-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-2 6-2 6-4

    2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 13-Gael Monfils (France) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1

    SOURCE: Reuters


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