Seeded no.3, the Canadian is chasing his maiden title in France. Denis convinced in his opener after he defeated an in-form Marcel Granollers 6-4 7-6 (1) playing really good tennis.
Currently ranked n.44, the Frenchman is one of the strongest players on tour in doubles, but he is also looking forward to improving his results in singles. Herbert got to the quarters in Montpellier after beating Denis Kudla 6-2 6-1 and Ilya Ivashka 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Shapovalov and Herbert have never played each other so far.