The Rexall Centre in Toronto, Canada, will be the site for a Rogers Cup 2014 semifinal clash between Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez, a tennis match that will be streaming live on ESPN3 (English live stream & Spanish en vivo audio) free of charge, and broadcast on ESPN2 (TV schedule start time: 8 p.m. Eastern Time). According to an NDTV Sports report on Aug. 8, the 17-time Grand Slam champion celebrated his 33rd birthday with a win over David Ferrer.
With the (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) win, Federer secured his spot in the 2014 Rogers Cup semifinals, where he will try and remain unbeaten against his 32-year-old Spanish opponent. The Swiss Master comes in with a 10-0 record in his head-to-head battles against Lopez, but this is only their first meeting since 2012 in Dubai.
As reported by the ATP World Tour on Aug. 9, the unseeded Spaniard punched his ticket into the final four with an impressive win over sixth seed Milos Raonic. Lopez prevailed in what became a very entertaining quarterfinal battle, coming away with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory.
In spite of his gutsy performance, 2014 Rogers Cup tennis oddsmakers aren’t giving the Province of Toledo, Spain, native much of a chance against the man from Basel, Switzerland. According to betting experts, Roger Federer is listed as a mammoth -700 favorite, while Feliciano Lopez’s chances of an upset are calculated at a whopping +500 odds.
In 10 head-to-head matchups, Federer has only dropped a total of four sets against Lopez. That figure certainly justified the fact that the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 22 games. Can Roger Federer take a step close to yet another ATP title with a win over a player he’s dominated over the years, or is Lopez ready to get on the board against the greatest men’s singles tennis player of all time?
Tennis fans around the world should be smiling, because courtesy of ESPN’s family of networks, there’s no excuse to miss this 2014 Rogers Cup semifinal clash. TV viewers can tune to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT) to watch the action live, while online users can click on the ESPN3 link listed above to launch the free live stream, which is available with English and Spanish (en vivo) commentary.