The inaugural Montpellier champion Gael Monfils is through to the quarter-final of the home event, beating Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours. Gael got broken three times, recovering after a slow start to dominate in set number two and overcoming a break deficit at the beginning of the third to cross the finish line first, securing five breaks from 14 chances.
Mannarino was there to fight in the opener, falling 2-0 down before taking six of the last eight games for 6-4 thanks to breaks in games three and five. Taking charge in set number two, Gael outplayed his opponent on both serve and return, never facing break points and stealing Adrian's serve in games four and six to grab the set 6-1 and gather momentum ahead of the decider.
There, Mannarino had an early advantage before Monfils shifted into a higher gear, pulling the break back and securing another one at 2-2 to move in front, delivering three powerful holds to seal the deal in the tenth game and book the place in the quarters.
David Goffin took down Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 46 minutes, fending off five break chances in the second set tie break to wrap up the triumph in straight sets. The Belgian saved five out of six break chances, limiting the damage in his games and taking advantage of 12 double faults from the explosive Kazakh who got broken three times from nine chances offered to a better-ranked opponent, wasting a massive chance to at least set a decider.
Goffin served well in the opener, delivering breaks in games seven and nine for a 6-3, having to work harder in set number two as they changed breaks in games five and six to stay locked until the tie break (Bublik had more chances in those final games).
There, the youngster squandered those five opportunities starting from 6-4, losing the breaker 11-9 to propel David into the last eight without having to play a decider. Pierre-Hugues Herbert is another Frenchman who is still on the title course, ousting the struggling Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6, 7-5 in an hour and 48 minutes for the place in the last eight.
It was a close encounter with only four points more on the Frenchman's tally, saving lone break chance he faced and earning a late break in set number two that carried him home. Pierre-Hugues clinched the opening set tie break 7-2, barely losing a point on serve in set number two and rattling off the last three games to win it 7-5 and move through against the opponent who is yet to show his best tennis in 2020.
The 7th seed Filip Krajinovic toppled Mikael Ymer 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 17 minutes, stealing 60% of the return points that led him towards 15 break chances and six breaks, more than enough to leave the youngster behind and continue the title quest.
The three-time champion Richard Gasquet played better and better as the match progressed to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and five minutes, saving all three break chances and mounting the pressure on the veteran who couldn't endure it after the opener, suffering three breaks to lose ground and finish his campaign in the second round.
Norbert Gombos needed 72 minutes to dismiss the young Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-4, taking for points more and having the upper hand in the pivotal moments to edge the rival who grabbed the first win in the ATP tournaments here in Montpellier.