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French Open 2015: Predictions for Top Singles Stars of Tuesday's Draw Schedule

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 2, 2015

Britain's Andy Murray serves in the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France's Jeremy Chardy at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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The field has been whittled down, and now only the elite remain in contention for this year's French Open title as Tuesday sees the tournament's quarter-finals get underway.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray were among those to take their places in the last eight early in Monday's action, while reigning women's champion Maria Sharapova bowed out at the hands of Lucie Safarova.

Unpredictable outcomes are part of what makes Roland Garros such a special competition in the tennis calendar, but we endeavour nonetheless to make guesses as to who will line up in the semi-finals.

Read on for predictions of how Tuesday's headlining stars will fare.

Roger Federer vs. Stanislas Wawrinka

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If Sunday's interrupted outing against Gael Monfils left any doubt as to just what Federer is capable of, then a far-improved second session on Monday will have put such concerns to rest.

The Swiss showed swift improvement against Monfils to claim a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win and now faces off against countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. The official Roland Garros Twitter account quoted Federer admitting Monday's display was a drastic upgrade:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

"I was solid today. It was exactly what I wanted to do." #Federer on R16 win over #Monfils #RG15 http://t.co/rBuj6pxXwg

No. 8 seed Wawrinka made light work of Gilles Simon in his fourth-round clash and claimed a dominant 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win, but the step up required to overcome Federer may take him by surprise.

It's unlikely Monday's meeting against Monfils has done much to fatigue the 2009 French Open champion, and what looked initially like a close call in the fourth round could even come to benefit the favourite.

Prediction: Federer wins in four sets.

Lucie Safarova vs. Garbine Muguruza

Lucie Safarova's path to the quarter-finals was by no means a simple one, but the Czech contender showed she can be considered a title possibility after taking down Sharapova on Monday.

The 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory was by no means any stroke of luck for Safarova either, and the last-eight encounter with Garbine Muguruza should be considered a slightly easier task if anything.

Having already ousted Angelique Kerber and Flavia Pennetta from the competition, however, Muguruza is looking to make waves in France.

Claiming those victories has the Spaniard understanding that she can make a dent at Roland Garros too, taking a nothing-to-lose attitude into her quarter-final matchup, and rightfully so:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

"You have to believe that you can...otherwise there's no point" #Muguruza on Grand Slam success #RG15 http://t.co/TPxqJGEhTB

Tuesday's clash will pit two players many may not have thought capable of reaching this stage against each other, but one may feel Safarova's assured demeanour against top seed Sharapova gives her the edge.

Prediction: Safarova wins in three sets.

Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer

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Jeremy Chardy looked to have given Andy Murray a fright at one stage of their fourth-round meeting Monday, but the Scot ultimately proved the more inexhaustible asset, outlasting his French foe to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

David Ferrer encountered no such troubles against Marin Cilic, however, and triumphed in straight sets to clinch his spot in the quarters. Tennis writer Chris Goldsmith revealed a worrying statistic for Murray:

Chris Goldsmith @TheTennisTalker

Andy Murray has W9 L6 H2H with David Ferrer. However on clay the Spaniard leads 4-0! @Tennis

This has been Murray's best year performing on clay, but Ferrer also looks a favourable resource on this surface and is likely to test the world No. 3, especially after barely needing to step out of first gear against Cilic.

The No. 7 seed provides Murray with an adjustable next step in his French Open campaign, but this will be a fight in Ferrer's domain.

Prediction: Murray wins in five sets.

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