The French Open is down to the finals, with Australian Open runner-up Li Na of China taking on defending French Open champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the women’s match Saturday, June 4, at 9am ET on NBC. In the men’s final, Rafael Nadal continues his dominance on clay, defeating Andy Murray to reach his sixth final in seven years. Nadal will face the winner of the Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic semifinal match (taking place Friday at 11am ET on NBC), with the final scheduled for Sunday, June 5, at 9am ET. Here’s the complete release from the NBC Sports Group:
NADAL, FEDERER, DJOKOVIC, MURRAY SEEK FRENCH OPEN TITLE; DJOKOVIC CAN TIE MCENROE’S RECORD STREAK TOMORROW VS. FEDERER ON NBC
Federer-Djokovic Semifinal Tomorrow Live Streamed on NBCSports.com
Women’s Final Live Saturday Morning
Men’s Final Live Sunday Morning
NEW YORK – June 2, 2011 – A star-studded Men’s field heads into the final weekend at the French Open. Defending champion Rafael Nadal has won five French Open titles, and with a win this year will tie Bjorn Borg with the most men’s French Open championships in the Open era. Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten streak to start the year stands at 41 matches and with his first-ever French Open title will surpass John McEnroe’s best start to a year with 42 consecutive matches won in 1984.
NBC Sports presents live coverage of the French Open men’s finals on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Nadal, who has won five of the last six French Opens must first get by No. 4 seed Andy Murray in one semifinal round tomorrow. Djokovic can tie McEnroe’s record with a win against No. 3 seed Roger Federer in the other semifinal.
NBC Sports will provide live coverage of the Federer-Djokovic men’s semifinals to the Eastern Time zone tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. (all time zones) with live streaming coast-to-coast on NBCSports.com.
On the women’s side, defending champion Francesca Schiavone, the No. 5 seed, takes on No. 6 seed Li Na who is seeking to become the first Chinese tennis player to win a Grand Slam event. Live coverage of the women’s final begins Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.
Host Ted Robinson anchors NBC’s coverage from Roland Garros, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.
COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS: Following is the schedule for NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2011 French Open, which culminates with live coverage of the Women’s and Men’s Finals this weekend:
Tomorrow, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (all time zones) – Men’s Semifinals (Live to ET)
Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon ET – Women’s Final (Live)
Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET – Men’s Final (Live)
*NBCSports.com to live stream Men’s Semifinals (Federer-Djokovic) and both Men’s and Women’s Finals
FRENCH OPEN ON NBCSPORTS.COM: Tennis fans can go online to view a live simulcast of NBC Sports’ coverage including live coast-to-coast coverage of tomorrow’s semifinal match and daily video highlights plus “Star Cam” streaming during the Men’s and Women’s Finals, which features live online coverage of the individual players throughout the broadcast.
NBC AND THE FRENCH OPEN: In 1975, NBC became the first American television network to provide coverage of the French Open when the network signed a three-year deal with the French Tennis Federation. The tournament was covered by CBS from 1980-82 and returned to NBC in 1983, where it has remained since.