Nadal vs. Djokovic: TV Schedule and Viewing Info for French Open Semifinal

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Nadal vs. Djokovic: TV Schedule and Viewing Info for French Open Semifinal
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

A Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal semifinal was the most anticipated matchup of the tournament as soon as the 2013 French Open draw was announced. Now the dream matchup is finally here.

As far as pre-match hype, it doesn't get much better than the No. 1 player in the world taking on the king of clay. That's exactly what fans are going to see when these two take the court at Roland Garros.

Here's all the information you need to make sure you don't miss out on this epic match.

 

Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France

When: Friday, June 7 at 7 a.m. ET (via RolandGarros.com)

Watch: Tennis Channel

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

 

How They Got Here

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As expected, both men have played brilliantly throughout the tournament.

Djokovic has lost just one set on his way to the semifinals—the first in his fourth-round match against Phillipp Kohlschreiber. But since then he's been back to his usual brilliance. He defeated Tommy Haas in straight sets in the quarterfinals to make it six consecutive sets won.

Though the last two sets against Haas were close, it's safe to say Djokovic has lived up to his No. 1 ranking in booking his fifth career semifinal appearance at Roland Garros.

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Nadal's path started off a bit rocky, but he appears to get stronger with every passing round. His first- and second-round opponents took him to four sets, which was cause for concern considering how utterly dominant he's been throughout the years.

However, he continues to get stronger, and his quarterfinal matchup with Stanislas Wawrinka was his best match yet. He took his Swiss opponent out in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, to book another semifinal appearance.

 

Key Question: Has Djokovic Figured out Nadal?

Djokovic may be the No. 1 player in the world, but Nadal has historically had his number—especially on clay.

Nadal owns a 12-3 record against Nole on the surface and owns four wins at Roland Garros. Considering the overall series between the two is much closer with Nadal holding the slight advantage at 19-15, it's clear that Nadal has the historical advantage.

The tides could be changing in the rivalry, though. Nole picked up a key clay-court victory against his Spanish opponent recently, winning the Monte Carlo final in two sets.

History still says that Nadal holds the advantage. One match certainly doesn't erase years of domination. But the Monte Carlo match certainly adds some intrigue. This is bound to be a classic match.

 

Who wins?

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Prediction

This is a really tough one to call.

Both have looked great heading into this match, and their 2012 finals match went four sets. Djokovic needs this one to claim the career Grand Slam and has never had a better chance to beat him than he has this year.

However, Nadal has shown that he's able to battle adversity to keep his title. Many players would have faded throughout the tournament after dropping two sets in the first two rounds, but he has continually improved.

Next year's tournament might be another story, but Nadal still holds the edge this year.

Nadal in five sets: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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