Both Gael Monfils and David Ferrer have gotten off to strong starts in Paris.
Monfils has dropped a couple of sets, but has bounced back nicely both times. He seems to finally be approaching 100 percent physically (something I end up saying every year), and his is perhaps the athlete the tennis world has ever seen.
However, to this point, in all his matches, he was the heavy favorite, yet he struggled. Against Ferrer, nothing will be easy, and Monfils will have to work.
Ferrer has cruised into the round of 16. He has lost only 21 games in nine sets, and has not lost more than five games in a single set.
However, just like with Monfils, he was the favorite. And with such an athletic freak as Monfils, he won't get too many free points, either.
Both these players are great defensive players, and we are sure to have an extremely entertaining battle at our hands.
With that said, I feel as if Ferrer is more fit to run all day, especially on clay, and will outlast Monfils in a 5-setter.
Prediction: Ferrer def. Monfils 7-5, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1