Day 9 of the the French Open proved to be a battle of supremacy between the seeded players with quarter-final spots at Roland Garros up for grabs. Most of the matches though had predictable outcomes with the two matches carried forward from the previous night finishing in favour of the men leading them, while the clay court experts in the other two morning games won their matches with relative ease. Sixth seed David Ferrer set the ball rolling, breezing past compatrior Marcel Granollers in three very easy sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0. Another Spaniard who had a good day at the office was the 12th seeded, Nicolas Almagro scoring a minor upset against the 8th seeded Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic to march into the quarter finals in a clinical performance. The fifth seed and local favorite, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, held off the challenge of his determined Swiss opponent, Stanislas Wawrinka to prevail in five sets 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4. The ninth seeded Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro was also among the winners' circle today as he edged past the 7th seeded Czech, Tomas Berdych in four tight sets in a high-quality thriller 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The first match on Philippe Chatrier proved to be one-way traffic right from the onset as Ferrer dominated play with his consistent groundstrokes from both wings, with the younger Spaniard being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of winners that blazed from the veteran's racquet, the final tally being 41-17 in favor of Ferrer. Things started going further downhill for Grannolers as errors started to flow from the 20th seed. His inability to take advantage of break points further compounded his problems, with Ferrer finally putting an end to his fellow Spaniard's misery by donating a bagel in the final set. Ferrer is scheduled to face the winner of the match between the World no.4, Andy Murray and the 17th seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.