ROLAND GARROS 2014
Ferrer Powers Into Third Round; Monfils To Face Fognini
by ATP Staff|
Last year’s runner-up, fifth seed David Ferrer, reached the Roland Garros third round for the 10th straight year with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 150-ranked qualifier Simone Bolelli, hitting 22 winners and committing just as many unforced errors.
Despite the win, Ferrer said, "I didn't really feel that great. I have to gain confidence, to start with, and on the short points I have to hit the balls harder. I hope that I'll improve my game."
Ferrer, who has a 13-match winning streak against qualifiers at the Grand Slam championships, will next play No. 32 seed Andreas Seppi, who recorded his 250th tour-level match wins on Tuesday. Seppi beat a winner of seven ATP World Tour clay-court titles, Juan Monaco, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Watch Ferrer vs. Bolelli Highlights (Courtesy: French Tennis Federation)
He will challenge No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson, who held his nerve in spite of French support for wild card Axel Michon, playing his first tour-level event at No. 206 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, to record a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win. It was his 30th match win on a clay-court.
No. 14 seed Fabio Fognini will face French hope Gael Monfils in what is set to be a dramatic third-round encounter. Fognini dismissed Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(2), while Monfils finished strongly to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.
Fognini leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-2, winning their most recent contest 7-5 in the third set in Indian Wells in March. The two played a classic match at Roland Garros four years ago, which Fognini also edged, 9-7 in the fifth set.
"Against Gaël, it's always difficult," said Fognini. "We play always a great match, great fight. It won't be boring, not for sure, I think. But it's going to be an interesting match, for sure. We have known each other very well since juniors."
Both Fognini and Monfils have enjoyed their best Grand Slam results in Paris. Fognini was a quarter-finalist in 2011, while crowd favourite Monfils took Roger Federer to four sets in the 2008 semi-finals.
"With Fabio sometimes we can play beautiful matches, but sometimes matches can go astray or maybe him more than me," said Monfils. "So whatever happens, I will have to let him know that I'm playing home and if he wants to get me he'll have to be strong. I know he's strong right now, which is exciting for me."