A highly intriguing match-up between British No. 1 Andy Murray and the final French hope Gael Monfils takes place in the quarter-final round of the French Open in Paris. This marks the sixth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Murray leading the head-to-head series 3-2. Their last clay court meeting took place here in Paris back in 2006 – a meeting that Monfils won in five sets. Can the Frenchman make it 2-0 at Roland Garros? Check out all the Murray vs Monfils Head to Head matches.
World No. 8 Andy Murray reached the quarter-final round in Paris following a surprisingly comfortable victory over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. It was a far simpler contest that his previous encounter with Kohlschreiber, which lasted until 12-10 in the fifth set, and span over two days.
“It’s going to be an exciting match,” said Murray. “I’m sure there will be some fun rallies. There always is when I have played against him. We haven’t played against each other for quite a while, so I’m looking forward to it.”
- Murray has now reached 13 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals.
Murray has played Monfils on many occasions, both as a professional and a youngster. Their first ever meeting took place when Murray was 10 and Monfils was 11.
“I played him in a tournament in Rouen, close to Paris,” Murray said. “I played him in the semi-finals, my brother played him in the final. He beat me in three sets I remember. “He was very similar to how he is now, sliding all over the court and chasing down incredible shots.”
World No. 28 Gael Monfils also defeated a Spaniard en route to the final eight in Paris, as he crusied past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to reach set up the clash with Murray.
“We grew up pretty much together,” said Monfils. “It’s been a long time I know him, and it’s always fun to play against him.” He won Wimbledon, so for sure mentally it will be different for him. He has proved that on clay he’s a tough opponent, too.”
Monfils will step onto Philippe Chatrier Stadium across from Andy Murray for the first time in eight years. The last time they met at the event was under far different circumstances, and this time it will likely lead to different results as well. While the Frenchman is capable of dazzling crowds with his athleticism and natural gifts, he will have a hard time against the in-form Murray who swiftly dispatched Verdasco on Monday.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Four Sets
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