Meeting for the sixth time in their careers, Ernests Gulbis and Novak Djokovic collide at the semifinals of the 2014 French Open Friday morning live from Paris, France. As reported by RolandGarros.com on June 5, live streaming and TV schedule start time information for this crucial Grand Slam match is now available.
Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros Stadium will be the site for this lopsided (men’s singles) affair between the second-seeded Serb and the world’s No.17 ranked Latvian. Opening serve is scheduled for 7 a.m. EST (4 a.m. PST/1 p.m. Central European Time Zone) and it will be broadcast on TennisChannel (national TV) and streaming live and free on TennisChannel Live Stream (online).
After struggling in his opening-round match, Ernests Gulbis has caught fire since then on his way to an improbable 2014 French Open semifinal appearance. In his path of destruction to his first Grand Slam semifinal, the 25-year-old from Riga, Latvia, has stunned the likes of fourth-seeded Roger Federer [6(5)-7, 7-6(3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3] and most recently the sixth-man in this year’s tournament, Tomas Berdych [6-3, 6-2, 6-4].
In Djokovic, Gulbis not only faces the second best player in the world, but also an old friend and former training partner. As reported by the ATP World Tour on June 6, 2014, the history between “The Joker” and “The Gull” dates back to their days at Niki Pilic’s academy in Munich, Germany.
“He was always very talented,” said Djokovic, who’s coming off straight-set wins over Milos Raonic [7-5, 7-6(5), 6-4] and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [6-1, 6-4, 6-1]. “I remember he came out in the practices swinging fully through the ball. He always had this confidence about him that you could say that even though he was 14, 15 at the time that he was going to become something big.”
For Djokovic, a win over his old friend would put him one victory away from a Career Grand Slam. He comes in with a 4-1 record against Gulbis, and thus, 2014 French Open oddsmakers certainly like his chances to play in Sunday’s men’s singles final.
Tennis money lines have Novak Djokovic (-750) as a huge betting favorites against Ernests Gulbis (+575), and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 37 games. In addition, alternate betting spreads for this semifinal match have the Serb at -6 games (-116) against the Latvian at +6 games (+100).
Can Novak Djokovic take a step closer from winning each of the four Grand Slams at least once in his illustrious career? while he would face the winner between Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, the six-time Grand Slam champ would be wise not to take Ernests Gulbis lightly.
Watch these former training partners go to war for a spot in the 2014 French Open finals. Watch TennisChannel’s national TV broadcast at 7 a.m., or simply click on the link provided above to launch TennisChannel’s free (Internet) live stream.