Friday’s schedule is all about the men. Andy Murray and Roger Federer is the most anticipated match of the fortnight so far. They have met 19 times and Murray has won 10. He and Rafael Nadal are the only players that have a winning record against Federer.
Friday's coverage will commence with the mixed doubles semifinals at 11 p.m. ET on the Tennis Channel. Because the players don’t get a chance to play together often, it's hard to project how accurate the seeds are. Only one seeded team reached the quarterfinals.
They will also have the women’s doubles final. The Tennis Channel is scheduled to continue their coverage until 3 a.m. If the matches run long, they have to be off the air at 3:30 a.m. ET so that ESPN2 can begin their coverage of Murray-Federer live and without competition.
Rod Laver Arena should be rocking for both the women’s doubles final as well as the men’s semifinal. Number one seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani of Italy will face off against Australians Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty.
Errani and Vinci defeated the Williams sisters in the quarterfinals 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5.
ESPN2 will cover only the men’s semifinal. Murray-Federer will be blacked out on ESPN3 throughout the continental United States. It will air on WatchESPN. They are scheduled to have coverage until 6 a.m. ET. With Federer and Djokovic being pushed five sets this week, there is a very real possibility they will continue longer than that.
The Tennis Channel will show encores of the Murray-Federer and Azarenka-Stephens semifinals from 6 a.m. ET until noon on Friday. ESPN2 will re-air Murray-Federer from noon ET until 4 p.m. ET Friday.
The tennis channel will finish up the Friday coverage from 4 p.m. ET until 11 p.m. ET with encore presentations of Murray-Federer and the women’s doubles final. They will have another showing of Murray-Federer from 11 p.m ET until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. That will lead into the women’s singles final between Victoria Azarenka and Li Na at 3 a.m. ET Saturday morning on ESPN.