No. 2 seed Roger Federer continued his solid 2015 French Open campaign on Monday with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over local favorite and No.13 seed Gael Monfils. The 33-year-old Swiss star advances to the quarterfinals after losing in the fourth round in 2014.
It was a solid effort for Federer on Court Philippe Chatrier. The match resumed after being tied at one set, with Federer breaking serve. Federer used some sharp forehands to close out the third set, and put the pressure on the dynamic Frenchman. The fourth set was all Federer, as even the crowd couldn't help Monfils overcome some costly unforced errors and Federer's exceptional volleys.
"I'm pumped up to be in the quarter-finals again," said Federer. He later added that at this stage of the tournament, what matters most is simply advancing.
"What's important right now is that I am physically fresh for the back end of the tournament."
Up next for Federer is No. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss star also defeated a top French name, cruising past No. 12 seed Gilles Simon 6-1 6-4 6-2 on Sunday.
Federer and Wawrinka met in May in the Italian Open semifinals, with Federer defeating his compatriot 6-4 6-2. Federer won 80 percent of his first-serve points, and converted four of his six break points.