The 24 year old Monfils head to head trails the 23 year old Murray 1-3. Murray won the pair’s last contest earlier this year at Toronto in the round of sixteen 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.
Should the local favorite Monfils advance past Murray, he could meet an even tougher opponent as he could take on the top seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland in the semifinals Saturday. Federer has won his last ten ATP Tour singles matches.
In 2004 as a teenager, Monfils finished the year as the world’s number one ranked junior player after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon junior titles.
With his curious mix of powerful groundstrokes and serves combined with consistent spins, Monfils posted his
best ever grand slam singles result at the 2008 French Open where he would finish as semifinalist.
The Frenchman took his lone ATP Tour singles title this year last month indoors at Monpellier, France.
Remaining in this week’s Paris draw to also represent the country of France is the unseeded Michael
Llodra who Friday meets the Russian and 10th seeded Nikolay Davydenko.