French Open R4 preview and pick: Federer vs. Monfils

The Grandstand

Roger Federer and Gael Monfils will battle for a spot in the French Open quarterfinals on Sunday. Of their 12 previous meetings, three have come at Roland Garros (Federer is 3-0).

Roger Federer and Gael Monfils will be squaring off for the 13th time in their careers when they collide in round four of the French Open Sunday. Federer is leading the head-to-head series 8-4, including 4-2 on clay and 4-0 in Grand Slams.

Something, however, will have to give in this one. Monfils is on a two-match winning streak against Federer, having prevailed 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in last year’s Davis Cup final (at home in France) and 6-4, 7-6(5) earlier this spring in Monte-Carlo. But the underdog’s record versus the 33-year-old Swiss is positively futile at Roland Garros. Federer is 3-0 and has won nine of their 10 contested sets.

The world No. 2 may be further away from…

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