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French Open 2012 TV Schedule: When and Where You Can Watch Top Matches

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 6, 2012

French Open 2012 TV Schedule: When and Where You Can Watch Top Matches

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    The 2012 French Open has already become the best Grand Slam of 2012, surpassing the Australian Open and setting the bar high for the US Open and Wimbledon.

    The quarterfinals have already started with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both completing huge comebacks on the men's side, and Samantha Stosur and Sara Errani winning their matches in straight sets.

    Wednesday marks the last matches of the quarterfinals, and Thursday starts the semifinals of play in the singles draws.

    With so few matches left, every set counts, but these are the last few matches that you have to see in the next two days.

Maria Sharapova vs. Kaia Kanepi

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    Who: No. 2 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 23 Kaia Kanepi

    When: June 6, 8:00 a.m. ET

    Where to Watch: ESPN2

    Maria Sharapova was once the world's best tennis player, but she has not held that title in over three years.

    Sharapova is ranked No. 2 in the world right now, and with No. 1 Victoria Azarenka out of the picture, she is now the favorite to win at Roland Garros.

    A victory in Paris would clinch the career Grand Slam for the Russian and could also help her hurdle Azarenka for the No. 1 ranking in the world.

    This could be the best chance Sharapova has to finish her career Grand Slam, and her next step is to beat Kaia Kanepi in the quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal vs. Nicolas Almagro

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    Who: No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 12 Nicolas Almagro

    When: June 6, 10:00 a.m. ET

    Where to Watch: ESPN2

    Rafael Nadal is the best player in history on clay, and he is about to prove it.

    The new King of Clay has won six French Open titles in the last seven years and has tied Bjorn Borg for the most in history. Borg won his six in eight years, but Rafa looks to one-up that and make it seven in eight.

    Nadal is having arguably the best French Open of his career. He hasn't dropped a single set, and not one set has come closer than 6-4.

    He is absolutely on fire, and no one will be able to stop him.

    It's always an enjoyable experience to see Rafa play on clay, and your next opportunity to witness history in the making is Wednesday, when he takes on No. 12 Nicolas Almagro in an all-Spanish quarterfinal.

No. 6 Samantha Stosur vs. No. 21 Sara Errani

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    Who: No. 6 Samantha Stosur vs. No. 21 Sara Errani

    When: June 7, time to be determined

    Where to Watch: ESPN2

    Samantha Stosur could end up as the highest-ranked woman left in the field in the semifinals if No. 2 Maria Sharapova and No. 4 Petra Kvitova both bow out in the quarterfinals later on Wednesday.

    Either way, this match is going to decide one half of the finals in the women's singles draw.

    Stosur and her opponent, Sara Errani, both won their quarterfinals matches in straight sets, knocking off Dominika Cibulkova and No. 10 Angelique Kerber, respectively.

    This is going to be the first semifinal match for the women's draw, which automatically makes it worth watching.

Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer

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    Who: No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 3 Roger Federer

    When: June 8, time to be determined

    Where to Watch: Tennis Channel

    This match features two studs who are playing poorly right now.

    Novak Djokovic might be ranked No. 1 in the world, but he certainly isn't playing like it right now. He's lost two sets in each of his last two matches and has had to mount massive comebacks in order to advance to the semifinals.

    Roger Federer was once the world's best player, but he has fallen off the pace.

    He, too, needed to come back from two sets down to Juan Martin Del Potro to win the last three sets in order to move on to the semifinals.

    These two were once great, but they have been struggling. Anytime you have two of the "Big Three" playing against each other, its worth watching, and these two are playing evenly matched tennis at the moment.

Complete Schedule

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    The 2012 French Open has been incredibly exciting, and it would be simply foolish to miss any of the remaining action.

    We're in the final stretch of an exciting tournament, and whether you want to watch Rafael Nadal's quest for the record of French Open titles or see if Maria Sharapova or Novak Djokovic can complete the career Grand Slam, you're not going to want to miss a single point.

     

    Date

    Time (ET)
    Round Channel
    June 6 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live) Quarterfinals ESPN2
    June 7 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live) Women's Semifinals ESPN2
    June 8

    7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (live)

    Men's Semifinals Tennis Channel
    June 8 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (live)
    Men's Semifinals NBC
    June 9 9 a.m. - 12 noon (live) Women's Final NBC
    June 10 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (live)
    Men's Final NBC

     

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