The men's quarterfinals for the 2014 French Open are set. Last year I correctly predicted 3 of 4 women's quarterfinals and correctly predicted 4 of 4 men's quarterfinals. This year I also have already made predictions for the women's quarterfinals. Below are my predictions for this year's men's quarterfinals.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)  vs David Ferrer (ESP) . This is a reprise of last year's final which was won by Nadal in three relatively easy sets 6-3 6-2 6-3. Ferrer and Nadal have played lots of times, and the World #1 currently leads their head-to-head 21-6, but earlier this season Ferrer finally was able to beat Nadal on clay for the first time in a decade, and he did it in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. However, that was a best-of-three sets match and there quarterfinals in Paris will be best-of-five. The main problem with this match-up is that Nadal can do everything better than Ferrer. The question is, will he be able to do so? The King of Clay has only ever lost one match at Roland Garros in his career and only played two 5-setters, both of which he won. However, if there is any human who can outlast Nadal on clay, it is "the Little Beast." I just don't think that dogged defense will be enough to win the day, however he could weaken Nadal and make his path to a 9th Roland Garros title this year much more complicated. Mad Professah's pick: Nadal in 4.
Gael Monfils (FRA)  vs Andy Murray (GBR) . Curiously, Monfils and Murray have only played 5 times before, with the Brit holding a slim 3-2 lead in their career head-to-head. The two have split their two clay court matches (which was 8 years ago). Murray is playing in his 13th consecutive major quarterfinal while Monfils is playing in only his 5th career major quarterfinal, all but one of which have been here in Paris. Monfils is an entertainer and the French Federation will try their best to schedule this match at a time when the partisan Parisian crowd can attempt to help Le Monf across the finish line, setting up a blockbuster semifinal for Friday. Murray is a surprisingly good clay court player and had a good showing against Nadal in the Rome quarterfinals, winning a set. Murray has a 4-15 record against the King of Clay while Monfils has a more pedestrian 2-10 record, so I would prefer it if Murray were to make it through but somehow I think Monfils will come through. This should be the best match of the bunch to watch. Vive la France! Mad Professah's pick: Monfils in 5.
Tomas Berdych (CZE)  vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 
Milos Raonic (CAN)  vs Novak Djokovic (SRB) . These two have only met twice on tour, most recently in the semifinals of Rome a few weeks ago where Djokovic maintained his undefeated record against the tall, hard-hitting Canadian in a surprisingly tight match. Raonic is now a consistent Top 10 player but this is his first major quarterfinal, while it is Djokovic's 20th consecutive quarterfinal. Djokovic is playing scintillating tennis. He completely demolished a somewhat flat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round before, giving up only 4 games against a hometown favorite who was a semifinalist here last year and held match points against Djokovic two years ago. If that's the level of tennis Nole is playing it is going to be a rough day at the office for Milos. The Serbian is a man on a mission (to complete the career Slam) and I am starting to believe 2014 is going to be the year his mission is accomplished. Mad Professah's pick: Djokovic in 4.