The men’s draw has held to form throughout the French fortnight more than the women’s.
David Ferrer is crashing the men’s semifinal party after a quarterfinal upset of Andy Murray. Murray’s loss ended a streak of two straight men’s Grand Slam quarters featuring the top four men’s players in the world: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Murray.
The 2010 French is the last time that at least three of those four players were not in the semifinals of a slam.
Federer leads the head-to-head meetings with Djokovic 14-11, but Djokovic has won five of the last six. Included are Djokovic's rally from two sets down in last year’s US Open semifinals and Federer’s win in the 2011 French Open semifinal.
Rafael Nadal owns a 15-4 career record against his countryman, David Ferrer. Two of Ferrer’s wins occurred in Grand Slams, and he has one victory over Nadal on Clay. Nadal has won their last four meetings in straight sets. Ferrer’s last win was over Nadal in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open last year. He ousted Nadal from the US Open quarters in 2007 and beat him in their first ever meeting on Clay at Stuttgart in 2004.
The Men’s Semifinals will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel on Friday, June 8th from 7am to 11am Eastern Time. NBC will pick up the coverage beginning at 11am. ESPN will offer a live stream of the Nadal-Ferrer match.
The first match will feature Nadal’s quest to reach the final and become the French Open’s greatest champion ever. One more title will give Nadal seven French Open Championships, breaking the tie between Bjorn Borg and himself.
The big three of Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have combined to win an almost unfathomable 30 of the last 34 Grand Slam singles titles. After Nadal and Ferrer finish, Federer and Djokovic will take to Philippe Chatrier to earn a spot in the finals.
The men's semifinals will only be live in the Eastern Time Zone after The Today Show concludes. The Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaskan and Hawaiian time zones will show the remainder of the semifinals on tape delay. The Tennis Channel will re-air the semifinals from 5pm to Midnight Eastern Time, and then again from midnight to 6am.
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