Nadal will continue his pursuit of a record-extending ninth
French Open crown on Suzanne Lenglen Court, where he will face
fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
Ferrer beat the champion the last time they met, in the Monte Carlo
Masters just weeks ago, but replicating that feat in a tournament
where Nadal has a phenomenal 63-1 win-loss record might be an
ambition too far.
Nadal's relegation to the second showcourt means that Monfils will
be able to draw on the support of 15,000 hollering fans when he
takes on Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on Philippe Chatrier Court.
Before Monfils whips up the crowd, 2012 French Open runner-up Sara
Errani will take on German 28th seed Andrea Petkovic.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, champion in 2009, will also be eager to join
compatriot Maria Sharapova in the last four by beating the highest
ranked player left in the women's draw, fourth seeded Romanian
(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Justin Palmer)
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