Federer secured a break of serve in the second game and raced to a 3-0 lead before claiming the opening set 6-3 in 30 minutes. Looking to improve to 9-4 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Monfils, the Swiss was bidding to reach the quarter-finals in Paris for the 10th time in 11 years. But the Frenchman had other plans, claiming a 3-0 lead of his own in the second set. He would be broken serving for the set at 5-3, but rebounded to secure the decisive break back a game later to draw level 6-4.
Monfils is eyeing a fifth quarter-final berth at his home Grand Slam (also 2008, '09, '11 & '14). With countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advancing earlier on Sunday, a Monfils victory would give the French contingent two home hopes in the quarters for just the third time in the Open Era. Most recently,Thierry Champion and Henri Leconte reached the last eight in 1990.
One thing is certain Roger needs to win this in 4. Allez Federer!.