French Open 2013 Schedule: Viewing Info and Predictions for Roland Garros Finals

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French Open 2013 Schedule: Viewing Info and Predictions for Roland Garros Finals
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While both the men's and women's finals at Roland Garros feature heavy favorites, each match should be a classic.

On the female side, fans will be treated to a battle between the top two seeds as Serena Williams matches up against Maria Sharapova. Rafael Nadal will go for his eighth French Open title in the men's draw in a match versus David Ferrer.

Each competitor has their strengths and weaknesses, and it would not be surprising to see both contests go the maximum amount of sets.

Here is a look at the two matches in the second Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Note: The full schedule is at RolandGarros.com.

 

Women's Draw

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Match: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 2 Maria Sharapova 

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When: Saturday, June 8

Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Court: Court Philippe Chatrier

 

These two competitors had very different showings in the semifinals. Sharapova faced former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and was able to win in three sets.

In the other side of the bracket, Williams only lost a single game against Sara Errani and won in 46 minutes. The American had 40 winners in the match compared to only two by her opponent.

While Williams will not have as easy of a time against the No. 2 seed, recent history indicates that it will not be too difficult. She has defeated Sharapova 13 times in 15 career matches and has not lost to her since 2004.

However, the location and surface should play a big factor in this match. Sharapova is the defending champion and Williams has not won at Roland Garros since 2002. This was her first appearance in the semifinals since 2003.

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Although confidence should not be an issue for the 15-time Grand Slam champion, Williams does not have the range that is usually required to play on clay. Sharapova will also have the advantage if the match goes long due to her great fitness.

Still, Williams is able to dominate with her serve and can win the match with that alone. Her power and ability to hit winners is virtually unmatched in the women's game.

Sharapova will do her best to keep the match close, but she will not keep up with her talented opponent.

Prediction: Williams wins 6-4, 6-3

 

Men's Draw

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Match: No. 3 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 4 David Ferrer

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When: Sunday, June 9

Time: 9 a.m. ET

TV: NBC

Court: Court Philippe Chatrier

 

The hometown fans wanted to see a Frenchman in the finals like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but they cannot be too upset with an all-Spain final.

Nadal outlasted No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in one of the best matches of the year. He showed why he has won seven titles in eight years, mainly with his ability to get to almost any shot on the court.

The Spanish champ gave fans quite a show in the five-set battle with a total of 177 points won.

Of course, this could end up being a problem if he is not at full strength for Sunday's match. This was the first five-set match for Nadal since coming back from his knee injury that kept him out for months.

Meanwhile, Ferrer is completely fresh after easily disposing of Tsonga in the semifinals. The No. 4 seed actually has not lost a set so far at Roland Garros, which shows he is also incredibly efficient on clay.

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The Spaniard also has shown the ability to give Nadal a battle in recent matches, taking him to a decisive third set in each of their two most recent meetings. Although the seven-time winner is still the favorite, Ferrer has all of the ability to make things tough.

In the end, however, Nadal's experience in big matches will come up huge against Ferrer, who will be competing in his first career Grand Slam final. This should be enough to make Nadal an eight-time champion of this prestigious event.

Prediction: Nadal wins 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

 

Rob Goldberg is a member of Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.

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