French Open 2012 TV Schedule: Must-Watch Matches Moving Forward
The French Open has offered up some truly epic matches thus far, and that won't be changing anytime soon.
The field has narrowed and the world's most talented players are advancing to the tournament's final rounds.
With quarterfinal play today, and some intriguing semifinal matches to follow, I've listed several matches you absolutely won't want to miss.
Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for the remaining television schedule so you don't miss a moment of Roland Garros action.
Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer
We're going to go ahead and assume the winner of this one will face Rafael Nadal.
Who ya got?
Murray may hold a 5-4 advantage in this series, but Ferrer has won all three contests on the clay.
But, Murray has another streak going that can't be ignored—he's advanced to four-straight Grand Slam semifinals.
Ferrer has been fantastic in this tournament, while Murray has scrapped a bit at times. The Brit is also looking to break through against the big boys and finally nab his first Grand Slam title, so I think that added motivation pushes him through to the semifinals.
Djokovic is on a quest to win his fourth straight Grand Slam title, and along the way has the opportunity to avenge his French Open loss to Federer from a year ago.
Meanwhile, Federer is looking to win his first Grand Slam since the 2010 Australian Open and prove that the top of the men's game isn't totally owned by Djokovic and Nadal.
Unfortunately for him, I think it is, and while Djokovic has labored in recent matches, he's also proven he has the mental toughness and resiliency to survive any adversity he faces.
I'm not betting against Djokovic right now, even against Federer.
Maria Sharapova vs. Kaia Kanepi
It's not so much that I think Kanepi can beat Sharapova. It's more that I'm curious to see whether or not she can make this a competitive match.
Sharapova absolutely cruised in the first three rounds, only dropping five games and barely breaking a sweat—or needing to unleash a blood-curdling scream. She did let out a few, but she didn't need to.
Finally, in the fourth round, Klara Zakopalova took a set from Sharapova. It didn't come easily, of course—she needed a 7-5 tiebreaker to win the set. Sharapova promptly won the third set 6-2.
Sharapova has looked dominant at Roland Garros and seems like the player to beat on the women's side at this point. Kanepi has advanced to the quarterfinals.
|Wednesday, June 6th||Quarterfinals||8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|Wednesday, June 6th||Quarterfinals||1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET||Tennis Channel|
|Thursday, June 7th||Women's Semifinals||8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET||ESPN2|
|Thursday, June 7th||Women's Semifinals||1 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET||Tennis Channel|
|Friday, June 8th||Men's Semifinals #1||7 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET||Tennis Channel|
|Friday, June 8th||Men's Semifinals #2||11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Saturday, June 4th||Women's Final||9 a.m. to 12 p.m.||NBC|
|Sunday, June 5th||Men's Final||9 a.m. to 2 p.m.||NBC|
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