French Open 2011: Thank You NBC, Predictions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Nadal
While I was prepared to curse NBC down tomorrow for not allowing me and the rest of the tennis world to watch the Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal match or the Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer match live, I decided to flip to Tennis Channel, and came across an interesting scroll. The Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal match is scheduled to be shown at 8 A.M. EST live on Tennis Channel, while the Federer/Djokovic match will be shown live on NBC at 11A.M. EST, and streamed live NBC.com at 8 A.M. PST.
This is a drastic change from the schedule NBC had previously put out. The previous schedule, regardless of where you live, was matches will be shown at 11 A.M. on NBC, and only one match was to be televised. That schedule was the reason for my disgust with NBC, who just two years ago, only showed one of the semis at this tournament.
I understand that NBC was attempting to boost ratings for tennis, and figured that 11 A.M. would be the best time to show it on a Friday morning, but really? I mean if you are a tennis fan, you will want to watch these matches live, and be able to see both of them. If you aren't a fan, is it being on at 11 A.M. really going to make you want to watch tennis anymore?
I live on the West Coast, the Murray/Nadal match will be on at 5 A.M. here, and I know I will be watching it. These two matches will be the best matches of the year. And if NBC had there way, we tennis fans wouldn't most likely miss a great deal of these matches. Fortunately NBC had a sudden change of start and will be allowing us to watch these matches. But don't be surprised if we are unable to watch the finals live on Sunday.
In the Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic look for Djokovic to get off to a strong start, and hold the lead throughout the match. Federer will show some fight for the once greatest player in the world, but in the end Djokovic will be too strong and rested, for Federer to handle.
Djokovic in four sets.
In the Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal match look for it to be a long grueling match. Even if it only goes three sets, it still could be three hours. Murray will play hard in an attempt to reach his first French Open finals, but Nadal is too strong at this tournament, and will win a hard fought match.
Nadal in four sets.
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