2014 French Open

French Open 2014: Full TV and Live Stream Schedule for Day 13 at Roland Garros

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05:  Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during a practice session on day twelve of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 6, 2014

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
DateCoverage (ET)TVLive Stream
Fri., June 67 a.m. - 11 a.m.Tennis ChannelTennis Channel Plus
Fri., June 611 a.m. - 2 p.m.NBCNBC Sports Live Extra
rolandgarros.com

Live Stream: Tennis Channel Plus (paid subscription required), NBC Sports Live Extra

ROME, ITALY - MAY 16:  Andy Murray of Great Britain congratulates Rafael Nadal of Spain after he won in three sets during day six of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis 2014 on May 16, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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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.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06:  Ernests Gulbis of Latvia is congratulated by Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Gulbis won the match during day three of the Brisbane International 2009 at the State Tennis Centre on January 6, 2009 in Brisbane, Australia.
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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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