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2014 Roland Garros Day 9 (Video)

Nadal Sets QF Class with Ferrer; Murray, Monfils to Vie for Semis Slot

Nadal and Lajovic exchange pleasantries after the contest. Photo FFT June 2 2014 Paris, France  - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will face David Ferrer in a re-match of the 2013 Roland Garros final in Wednesday’s quarter-finals after dismissing Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 on Monday in Paris.


The 27-year-old Nadal has a 63-1 record at Roland Garros, with his only defeat coming against Robin Soderling in the 2009 fourth round.


The left-hander is looking to win an unprecedented five Roland Garros crowns in a row. In his first meeting with Lajovic, Nadal was merciless as he routed the 23-year-old Serbian in one hour and 32 minutes, The World No. 5 Ferrer advanced to his 10th successive Grand Slam quarter-final on as he held off a late fightback from Kevin Anderson to prevail 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1.

Murray beat lefty Verdasco in 3 sets to advance vs Monfils. Photo FFT

Gael Monfils and Andy Murray will reunite in Paris for the first time in four years after both players reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals for a fourth time with straight-sets victories over Spaniards on Monday.  Monfils, who needed five sets to defeat Fabio Fognini in the third round, kept French title hopes alive as he ended Guillermo Garcia-Lopez’s run, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. Garcia-Lopez had upset reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round


Murray needed close to three hours to get by No. 24 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(3), but it proved a far more straightforward affair to his match spanning the weekend, when he prevailed against Philipp Kohlschreiber in a 12-10 fifth set. He extended his streak of quarter-final appearances to 13 straight Grand Slam appearances. Murray holds a 3-2 lead over Monfils. The two 27 year olds will be looking to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals for a second time. Monfils achieved his best Grand Slam result here in 2008 (l. to Federer). Murray reached the final four at the clay-court major in 2011 (l. to Nadal).

Halep Overpowers Stephens, Meets Kuznetsova in Quarter-finals

Halep was too strong for Stephens. Photo FFT June 2 2014 Paris France - Simona Halep kept her hopes of becoming the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam since 1978 alive with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sloane Stephens on Philippe Chatrier.


Stephens overcame a slow start to build a 3-2 lead in the opening set, but from that point her game began to slowly unravel in the face of Halep's composed point construction and endless retrieving. In the ninth game, the American won a 24-shot rally only to see Halep respond with a down-the-line backhand winner to hold on for a 5-4 lead. Moments later, the No.4 seed was helping herself to the set courtesy of another pin-point backhand.

Kuznetsova denies Safarova. Photo

When a Stephens backhand drifted a fraction wide to hand Halep a 3-1 lead in the second, the finish line came into view. Soon she arrived at match point, wrapping up victory at the first time of asking when Stephens miscued a forehand long.


Halep will next face Svetlana Kuznetsova who is back at the Roland Garros quarterfinals, after beating Lucie Safarova in the fourth round on Monday. The 23rd-seeded Safarova was coming off a straight set third round victory over Ana Ivanovic, while the 27th-seeded Kuznetsova survived a three-hour-and-13-minute duel with No.5 seed Petra Kvitova. The win put 2009 French Open champion Kuznetsova into the quarterfinals here for the sixth time and the second straight year.

French Open Men's Singles Fourth Round Monday Jun 2

1-Rafa Nadal beat Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2 6-1                   

7-Andy Murray beat 24-Fernando Verdasco 6-4 7-5 7-6(3)       

23-Gael Monfils beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0 6-2 7-5       

5-David Ferrer beat 19-Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1


French Open Women's Singles Fourth Round Monday Jun 2

27-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 23-Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-4

4-Simona Halep beat 15-Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3                

10-Sara Errani beat 6-Jelena Jankovic 7-6(5) 6-2               

28-Andrea Petkovic beat Kiki Bertens 1-6 6-2 7-5

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