Two wins away from his ninth French Open title, Rafael Nadal battles Andy Murray in the (TV and live streaming) semifinals of the 2014 Roland Garros tournament Friday morning. The winner moves on to the men’s singles finals to face world No.2 Novak Djokovic, bringing the second Grand Slam of the year to an end Sunday morning.
According to RolandGarros.com (June 5, 2014)Murray and Nadal are scheduled to get things underway at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. PST/4 p.m. CET) following the conclusion of the other semifinal match at Court Philippe Chatrier, Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. This will be the 20th time that the Spaniard and the Scott have crossed paths, and the second time this season.
The last time they met dates back to last month’s Rome Masters Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2014. Although he would eventually lose in the finals, Nadal defeated Murray in the quarterfinals by a final score of 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, giving him a little redemption after being force to withdraw from their clash in Miami, Fla.
For Rafael Nadal, the top-seeded Spaniard comes in fresh off a four-set victory over fellow countryman, David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. After dropping the opener, “Rafa” buckled down and got into a groove, sweeping the remaining three sets in dominant fashion: 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1.
For Andy Murray, the two-time Grand Slam champion needed five sets to eliminate 23rd-seeded Frenchman, Gael Monfils. After reaching the semis for the second time in his career, Murray will be looking for his first French Open finals appearance. Based on their head-to-head history, dethroning the four-time defending champ will be a very tall task.
Out of their previous 19 meetings, Murray and Nadal have met a total of five times on clay-courts. Needless to say that the “King of Clay” has lived up to his moniker, dropping just three sets on his way to a 5-0 record on this surface.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that 2014 French Open oddsmakers list Rafael Nadal as a lofty -725 betting favorite to defeat Andy Murray, who’s a +550 underdog. The OVER/UNDER for this semifinal match is set at a combined total of 36 games, and alternate spreads go as follows: Murray +6½ [+104] vs. Nadal -6½ [-120].
Can Andy Murray end Rafael Nadal’s hopes for an unprecedented ninth French Open title by eliminating him in the semifinals of the Roland Garros tournament? Tune to Tennis Channel at 10 a.m. EST for the start of the match, and then click over to CBS Sports at 11 a.m. EST for the conclusion of the match.
For those watching online, simply click here to be transferred to the Tennis Channel’s Live Streaming page. Keep in mind that Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will take the court following the conclusion of Novak Djokovic vs. Ernerts Gulbis, which means the TV start time could be a little sooner or later than scheduled.