Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Gael Monfils will square off for a chance to appear in the quarterfinals of the 2014 French Open.
Garcia-Lopez continues his improbable run in this tournament, as he’s coming off a five set victory over Donald Young. Of course, Garcia-Lopez has the biggest upset of the tournament under his belt in the win over Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round. This is the furthest Garcia-Lopez has reached in any Grand Slam event and it’s a chance for the 30-year-old to have a career defining moment assuming he can keep surprising people. Garcia-Lopez’s favorite surface appears to be clay, as two of his three titles have come on the surface.
It’s not nearly as surprising that Monfils is in this position, but he did pull off the minor upset in a five setter over Fabio Fognini. This is now the fifth time Monfils has reached at least the fourth round in the French Open. The French shot maker has won nine of 12 sets in this tournament and has the chance to reach at least the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the fifth time in his career. Monfils is an exciting player who plays with a ton of energy and has the home crowd behind him in his matches.
Monfils has beaten Garcia-Lopez in four of their six matches, and three of those wins came on clay. However, Garcia-Lopez did win their most recent match in straight sets in the 2014 Miami Masters.
While Garcia-Lopez has been the surprise of the tournament so far, it’s good to assume that this is where his luck runs out. Monfils is not only the better player and has a history of beating Garcia-Lopez, but he has more experience in these type of matches and has everybody in the stands rooting for him to succeed.
It should be a good match, but there’s no way Monfils loses his favorite tournament to a lesser opponent.
The Frenchman moves on to the quarters.