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Thursday, June 4th, 2020
NADAL VS. FEDERER & SERENA WILLIAMS VS. MARIA SHARAPOVA IN EPIC FINALS HIGHLIGHT NBC’S CLASSIC FRENCH OPEN COVERAGE, BEGINNING THIS SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. ET
Five Hours of French Open Finals This Weekend on NBC Concludes Two Weekends of Classic Tennis Matches from Roland-Garros
In 2006, Nadal Becomes the Youngest Back-to-Back French Open Champion Since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75
Sunday’s Match Highlights Serena Williams’ Second French Open Victory
Content to Stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2020 – NBC Sports continues encore presentations of classic French Open finals this weekend, starting Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. This weekend’s matches are highlighted by: Rafael Nadal, the “King of Clay,” who holds a record 12 French Open titles; 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer; 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams; and retired Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, a two-time French Open champion (2012, 2014).
Commentators for the encore finals include Ted Robinson, John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. Programming will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Following is a look at this weekend’s French Open finals on NBC:
|Saturday, June 6||2006 French Open Men’s Final||1 p.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Sunday, June 7||2013 French Open Women’s Final||1 p.m. – 3 p.m.|
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 – 2006 FRENCH OPEN MEN’S FINAL
In 2006, No. 2 seeded Rafael Nadal successfully defended his French Open title by defeating top-seeded Roger Federer, 1–6, 6–1, 6–4, 7–6 (4), becoming the youngest back-to-back Roland-Garros winner since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75. Nadal’s 2006 victory also helped him to an all-time record 81 consecutive clay court victories from 2005-07.
Federer suffered his first loss in a Grand Slam final in the only major he had yet to win at the time. Coming into the match, Federer had an 0-3 record against Nadal in 2006, but a perfect 44-0 record against his other opponents.
The match also marked the first meeting of the top-two seeded men in a Roland-Garros final since 1984.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 – 2013 FRENCH OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL
In 2013, top-seeded Serena Williams defeated defending French Open champion and second-seeded Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, to win her second French Open title and 16th Grand Slam singles title. In a dominant title run, Williams dropped only one set in the entire 2013 French Open tournament, to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
The match marked the first meeting of the top-two seeded women in a Roland-Garros final since 1995 and the first time at any Grand Slam final since the 2004 Australian Open.
Following her 2013 French Open victory, Williams extended her season winning streak to 31 matches, the longest single-season streak in 13 years. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles to-date, just one shy of matching Australian tennis legend Margaret Court for the all-time record.
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. This will be NBC’s 38th consecutive year televising the event.