French Open 2013 Schedule: Match Times, TV Listings and Predictions
The 2013 French Open is down to the semifinals stage, as just four of the world's elite remain in their pursuit of gold at Roland Garros. With four of the top six seeds still alive in the field, the stage is set for one man to break through and enter the ranks of the immortals.
The question is, when and where can you find this action and watch it transpire?
On one side of the bracket, seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will take on No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic. On the opposite end, David Ferrer will go for his first career Grand Slam final against an inspired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who's hoping to win in front of his home crowd.
So who will shine through? When will they play? Where can you watch the action?
Let's find out.
(4) David Ferrer, Spain vs. (6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
Time: Friday, June 7 at 7:00 a.m. ET
TV: Tennis Channel
Head-to-Head Record: David Ferrer 2, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1
In our first of two semifinals matches, David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will both be in pursuit of history. The difference in their targets, however, is just how important their feats would be to tennis as a sport.
Who will win?
So who will come through when it matters most?
For Ferrer, he's looking to make his first career Grand Slam finals appearance. Despite reaching six consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals and three straight semifinals, he's never been able to get over the hump and truly compete for a title.
A win over Tsonga would change that.
Tsonga would make his second career Grand Slam finals appearance, but that's not the story here. Instead, the task at hand is becoming the first Frenchman since 1988 to reach the French Open final.
The last Frenchman to win the French Open was Yannick Noah in 1983—Tsonga can join history by breaking that 30-year drought.
David Ferrer: 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 8-6
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (3) Rafael Nadal
Time: Friday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Head-to-Head Record: Rafael Nadal 19, Novak Djokovic 15
This is the clash that we've all been waiting for, as Novak Djokovic goes for the career Grand Slam against the greatest clay-court performer of the Open era. The questions on everyone's minds are quite simple.
Who will win?
Will Novak Djokovic reach the French Open final for the second consecutive year? Or will Nadal win his eighth career French Open title and third consecutive crown?
As you can see, this has all of the makings of a legendary clash.
For their careers, Nadal owns a 19-15 edge over Djokovic. With that being said, the Djokovic of today is not the same player that used to be hoping to break through and join Nadal and Roger Federer as the world's elite.
He's officially made that leap.
This puts Nadal in as great of danger as he's ever been to lose at the French Open. While this event will be his until another man dominates in the fashion we've seen the Spaniard put forth, a loss could push Djokovic firmly ahead of Nadal as the world's top player.
So how will it all transpire?
Rafael Nadal: 7-5, 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 7-5
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