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5 things to look for Wednesday at the French Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm •  Published: June 3, 2014
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PARIS (AP) — Five things to look for Wednesday at the French Open:

MURRAY AND 'LA MONF': Here's a sign of how much the locals are looking forward to seeing the last Frenchman in the tournament, Gael Monfils, take on Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain in the quarterfinals — that match was scheduled for Court Philippe Chatrier, the main stadium at Roland Garros, while the rematch of the 2013 final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer was pushed over to Court Suzanne Lenglen. The No. 7-seeded Murray and No. 23 Monfils are both trying to get to the French Open semifinals for the second time, and expect a loud partisan crowd to give full-throated backing to the man known as 'La Monf.'

GO TO YOUTUBE: Monfils is a true showman and entertainer, sometimes to the detriment of his success at tennis. But there's no question that he will make you take notice, whether he's in a break-dancing contest with another French player, Laurent Lokoli, right there on center court the day before the tournament began (check that out on YouTube) ... or diving sideways through the air, parallel to the ground, to reach a shot (that one's on YouTube, too). "He loves playing in front of a big crowd," Murray said. "He's a great athlete. Maybe the best we have had in tennis."

THE REMATCH: The No. 1-seeded Nadal is 63-1 — yes, 63-1! — for his French Open career heading into his all-Spanish quarterfinal against No. 5 Ferrer. Nadal is also 21-6 against Ferrer, including a straight-set victory in last year's final at Roland Garros. But both men are well aware of this: In their most recent match, April 18 on red clay at the Monte Carlo Masters, Ferrer beat Nadal in straight sets. Asked whether he would derive confidence from that result, Ferrer replied: "No, no, I don't think so," noting that match was best-of-three-sets and on Wednesday, they'll be playing best-of-five.

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