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Video: Monfils huffs, puffs and blows ball over net in Ferrer victory

Chris Chase
Busted Racquet

A fortunate bounce over the net helped Gael Monfils earn a crucial break of David Ferrer in their fourth-round match at the French Open. Up 2-1 in the decisive set of their match, which started Sunday and had to be pushed back because of darkness, Monfils earned a break point when his backhand tapped the net cord and fell on Ferrer's side of the court.

Replays and pictures showed that the ball may have had a push from a secondary source:

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Every little bit counts, right?

Ferrer would break back at 3-5 in the fifth set to force an extended fifth set, before Monfils broke in the 14th game to win 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 8-6. The Frenchman will play Roger Federer in Tuesday's quarterfinal. This will be the third French Open matchup between the players in the last four years.

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