The third-seeded Roger Federer dispatched ninth-seed Gael Monfils in straight sets to advance at the 2011 French Open. Federer started out shaky, giving up a break point, but quickly took control of the match and, despite a third-set tiebreak, dominated play from point-to-point. Final scores for the matchup were 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(3).
Federer was aggresive with the forehand early on. Monfils broke Federer in his second service game, double faulitng at 40-love. Federer made a lot of mistakes early on, lots of errors. Monfils goes up 3-1, but Federer responds with a strong service game, breaks Monfils back, and holds serve again. On serve then, Monfils fought off a couple break points, and then held. Federer holds as well, and Monfils is pressured yet again. Federer gets a double set point and an error on the forehand from Monfils gives Federer the first set.
The second set continued to be in Federer's favor, going up 3-0 before a Monfils service game, which he held, and then the Frenchmen climbed to 3-2 with a break on Federer's serve. Unfortuantely for Monfils, Federer broke right back when Monfils double faulted on a Federer break point and the set was lost at that point.
To start the third set, Monfils was broken by Federer, and then fell behind 2-love when Federer held serve. He broke back though, and got things back on serve, taking it all the way to a 6-6 tiebreak, in which Federer took a commanding 6-1 lead, and eventually closed it out at 7-3.
Federer will have his hands full in the next round, as he's taking on the second-seeded Novak Djokovic.