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Gael Monfils Carrying The Dreams Of A Nation
French Open "Paris Picks" - Day 11

By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 5:10am CST USA
Gael Monfils Carrying The Dreams Of A Nation, French Open
Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty
PARIS, France (—Gael Monfils of France took the Junior French Open singles title in 2004.

And now at only 21 years old, Monfils will carry the dreams of a nation on his shoulders as he attempts to execute his athletic baseline game in today's men's quarterfinals versus a worthy opponent; claycourter and world number five David Ferrer of Spain.

Gael Monfils carries the hopes of France on his shoulders.

Dinara Safina (RUS)[13] vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[7]
Safina leads her fellow Russian Dementieva 3-2 head to head and has won all three previous meetings on clay. At Berlin this spring Safina defeated Dementieva 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in their last matchup. Safina also defeated Serena Williams of the USA at Berlin and world number one Maria Sharapova of Russia this week in Paris in the course of building a 10 match win streak.

Safina should not have any problems attacking Demetieva's serve to advance to her first career grand slam semifinal.
Winner: Safina

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[5]
France's last hope takes the Court Chatrier at Roland Garros Wednesday with a nation's dreams riding on his shoulders. The good news is Monfils is a capable claycourter having won his lone ATP Tour title on clay at Poland in 2005. The bad news is Monfils faces 5th ranked David Ferrer of Spain who has enjoyed more success on clay having won four career clay court titles.

Monfils has never played Ferrer before but can expect to need to overcome a tough battle in order to reach his first career grand slam semifinals. Ferrer already at Paris has defeated Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in five sets and will be ready to go the distance again today.
Winner: Monfils

Svetlana Kuznetosva (RUS)[4] vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Kanepi of Estonia upset 6th seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia in the second round but will meet up with a much tougher opponent in today's quarterfinals. World number one Sharapova's loss opened up Kuznetsova's draw and also presented the Russian with a chance to top the WTA Tour's rankings next week.

Once considered as the most talented of all of the WTA Tour's Russian players, Kuznetsova has only delivered a win at the 2004 US Open but may get another shot at grand slam glory this weekend.
Winner: Kuznetsova

Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[24]
It's no surprise that world number one Federer leads Gonzalez head to head 10-1. That could change in today's quarterfinals as Gonzalez has won seven career claycourt titles and his improved his game recently. Federer also however has improved his claycourt game as well and has shown a readiness to stay in long rallies before charging the net.
Winner: Federer

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