The highlight of action from day 8 saw Ernests Gulbis stun Roger Federer in five sets to book an intriguing quarter-final with Tomas Berdych. It was a fantastic win for Gulbis and a first loss at Roland Garros in a five setter for Federer. I wrote a recap of that match HERE. Please share it if you like it! To be honest, none of the mens 4th round matches for Monday entice me in the slightest. Therefore, here is a miniature preview with some predictions.
1. Rafael Nadal v Dusan Lajovic – Nadal has cruised through his first three matches; this included a comprehensive win over Dominic Thiem (although the match was closer than the 6-2 6-2 6-3 scoreline suggested). Lajovic is into the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He’s done great, but despite a dodgy back for Rafa, this match is unlikely to go past three sets.
Prediction: Nadal d. Lajovic in 3 sets
2. David Ferrer v Kevin Anderson – Ferrer has absolutely sailed through the draw and as per usual, attracted barely any headlines. Just how he likes it, I imagine. The pair met at this exact stage of Roland Garros last year. Ferrer won 6-3 6-1 6-1. I’d expect Anderson to put up marginally more resistance this time round.
Prediction: Ferrer d. Anderson in 3 sets
3. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v Gael Monfils – The toughest match to call on the slate of ATP matches on Day 9 is this one. Monfils prevailed from a typically crazy match with Fabio Fognini. Garcia-Lopez has done a great job in backing up his first round upset of Stan Wawrinka. I have no idea who is going to win. Monfils’s chances are always lifted with the home crowd behind him. However he looked pretty much done at times against Fognini.
Prediction: Garcia-Lopez d. Monfils in 4 sets
4. Andy Murray v Fernando Verdasco – Murray came back on Sunday to complete a huge win over Kohlschreiber, 10-8 in the fifth set. It was a cracking effort from Philipp though. Verdasco awaits, who put out the injured Gasquet in straight sets. I still remember that Murray v Verdasco match from Wimbledon last year where Murray came back from two sets down to win. It was frequently mentioned in “best matches of 2013” features. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the match at all. I’ll stay patriotic for this one.
Prediction: Murray d. Verdasco in 4 sets