Gael Monfils defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6(5)at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to reach the quarter-finals where he will play Grigor Dimitrov, who earlier beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka, 6-1, 6-2.
Monfils took the lead in the match and even Federer tried to fight back, the Frenchman reeled off four straight points down 3-5 in the tie-break to clinch the victory in one hour and 44 minutes.
"I'm surprised I was able to increase my power so quickly," said Monfils. "I played solid and I played better than yesterday. I was able to hit hard from the baseline; to be aggressive. I'm very pleased with the match."