Roger Federer and Andy Murray Both Advance in French Open
Roger Federer made his way back into the French Open semifinals on Tuesday, and will now have an opportunity to end Novak Djokovic’s perfect season. The 16-time Grand Slam champion advanced by defeating Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (3), making it five straight-set wins in a row at Roland Garros.
The men’s semifinals are scheduled for Friday, and against Djokovic, Federer will be facing the player whose eliminated him from the semifinals at the last two tournaments.
Federer won the French Open in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam, but he lost in the quarterfinals to Robin Soderling last spring, bringing an end to a streak of 23 straight major semifinal appearances.
With a victory over Federer, Djokovic can equal John McEnroe’s Open era record of 42 straight wins to start a season. And with three more, he would match Guillermo Vilas’ record 46-match winning streak.
Meanwhile in other action from the day Andy Murray was able to complete his darkness-suspended fourth-round match, reaching the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and 7-5 win over Viktor Troicki. Murray will next face Juan Ignacio Chela as the Argentine advanced Monday.