Both 2014 French Open men's semifinal matchups feature familiar opponents, and history suggests the final is already set.
No. 1-seed Rafael Nadal will face off against No. 7 Andy Murray; No. 2 Novak Djokovic will play No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.
Here's how to watch both matches on Day 13.
|Day 13 French Open Viewing Schedule|
|Date||Coverage (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Fri., June 6||7 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Tennis Channel||Tennis Channel Plus|
|Fri., June 6||11 a.m. - 2 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live Extra|
It's why Odds Shark lists him as a 4-9 favorite to win it all: Nadal has won eight out of the last nine French Opens. If that wasn't enough to guarantee he defeats Murray on Friday, Nadal has faced him five times on clay and never lost. And while Murray needed five sets to put away No. 23 Gael Monfils and No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber, Nadal has lost just one set the entire tournament.
The only fact Murray can cling to for confidence is that he's beaten Nadal five times. Sure, he's lost 17, but he's still beaten Nadal before.
That's also about all that Gulbis has going for him against Djokovic. He beat Djokovic in 2009 at Brisbane but lost their four other matches.
Like Nadal, Djokovic has only lost one set entering the semis at Roland Garros. This should be expected of Djokovic. He's been to three straight French Open semis and won three ATP singles titles this season already.
Gulbis has lost three sets so far this year at Roland Garros, which isn't as many as Murray, but still. This is only the first time since 2008 that Gulbis managed to advance past the second round in any Grand Slam.
If anyone other than Nadal and Djokovic are in the final, it'd be absolutely shocking. Of course, with how dominant Nadal has been on clay this tournament, season and decade, it'd be safe to pen the King of Clay into winning his ninth French Open Crown.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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