French Open Men’s Semifinals TV Schedule (U.S.)
by Staff | June 7th, 2012, 9:51 pm

After years of consternation from American viewers over tape delayed semifinal coverage from the French Open, this year the tournament will again be available live to fans in the U.S. over cable and network TV.

Tennis Channel will come on live at 7am ET with coverage of the Rafael Nadal-David Ferrer match.

At 11am in ALL TIMES ZONES this year (!!), NBC will take the reigns broadcasting the Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer clash. Mary Carillo will join Ted Robinson and John McEnroe in the booth for the call.

“I can’t wait to see if we move one step closer to seeing history being written on Friday,” McEnroe said. “Only in this extraordinary situation would Roger Federer be such a big underdog and potential spoiler. A situation he may relish if he can get his a game going.”

In question, if the Nadal-Ferrer match goes quickly (under 2:30), will NBC allow Tennis Channel to show the start of Federer-Djokovic, or will it cut in to the match live at 10am, or interrupt their early morning schedule to show the match, or, worst case, televise it from the beginning on tape. Fingers crossed for the first of the four options. Or just hope and pray Nadal-Ferrer runs long or there are weather delays.

NBC will also air the conclusion of the Nadal-Ferrer match if it continues in their 11am window., however, will stream live the Djokovic-Federer match regardless of start time.

In their 30th year, NBC will also air both women’s and men’s final live at 9am ET, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

“The 6’2” Russian has overpowered everyone in her path, and it’s hard to imagine a letdown from someone who’s broken serve 40 times in six matches and is winning 70% of her first serve points,” Carillo said. “Maria has never looked this comfortable and confident on clay.”

Friday, June 8, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET, Men’s Semifinal #1 (Live ET) Nadal v. Ferrer
Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (all time zones) , Men’s Semifinals #2 (Live ET) Djokovic v. Federer
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. – Noon ET, Women’s Final (Live) Sharapova v. Errani
Sunday, June 10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET, Men’s Final (Live)

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17 Comments for French Open Men’s Semifinals TV Schedule (U.S.)

majorfedfan Says:

The frustration is for those of us on the west coast where it still doesn’t start till 11:00, where Nadal’s match starts at 4:00. So frustrating!!!!!! And I actually talked to someone at TC and they aren’t allowed to show any of the 2nd semi.

Ben Pronin Says:

Worst French Open coverage ever this year. And it doesn’t end tomorrow, either.

Ruby Says:

What a travesty. What I don’t understand is if NBC doesn’t want to commit to covering the match live, WHY DON’T THEY LET SOMEONE ELSE do it? Putting it online is not an acceptable alternative for most. Always so frustrating with the French.

Vera Says:

I just hate the RG coverage. 3 (!) networks slicing and dicing ONE tournament. Why not 23??? One year either ABC or CBS covered finals of a Slam – can’t recall which one – and they at least posted replays on their site. Not NBC of course. Is this VERY hard to do for those in different time zones??????

Cynthia Coleman Says:

Recorded tennis is NO TENNIS!!! It is a waste of time and no one will watch it!!! If NBC will not show tennis live everywhere, Well then, get out of way NBC!!!

Another problem, please fire Mary Carillo, she is SO HATEFUL!!!! Right now, I watch tennis on MUTE!!!!

Nancy Says:

I second all complaints about TV coverage of Roland Garros semis. A case of the public be damned. It’s so confusing one hardly knows how to set up the DVR!
And a big “second” about Mary Carillo, who is even worse than motor-mouth John McEnroe as commentator. Please, somebody, get rid of her, saspo.

RZ Says:

Thanks so much for posting the TV schedule. With coverage split between NBC, ESPN2, and Tennis Channel, this listing is very helpful.

RZ Says:

BTW, I make it a point to email NBC (or whichever network) to complain about their lack of live coverage. The more people complain, the more they are likely to listen to those complaints.

Here’s the “Contact us” page for NBC Sports.

Give ’em hell! :-)

RZ Says:

For those who can’t watch the tennis live, or want different commentary, I have to give a plug to “Radio Roland Garros.” It’s pretty good:

MC Says:

Fans in the west coast are treated like second class citizens. Not being able to watch the most anticipated match live between Djokovic and Federer is truly disappointing. This is not the dark ages. We live in a high tech real-time world so I find it unacceptable. What’s on right now? Tennisography about Sam Querrey on the Tennis Channel and the Today show on NBC. Fail, fail, fail.

RZ Says:

MC, I made the point of how unfair it is to west coast fans in my email to NBC.

MC Says:

Thanks RZ, I’ve just emailed NBC Sports as well with my rant.

RZ Says:

Thanks for complaining MC. The more of us who do, the more likely they are to listen.

Liz Woods Says:

I am so disappointed that those of us who have to work and do not have access to a TV for the Djokovic vs Federer match will not be able to view on TC later in the evening. How unfair of NBC to punish those of us who must make a living!

Param Says:

It is a travesty that no major channel is willing to telecast them when tennis is in its golden era with players like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic

tapamana Says:

Got to see the Nadal/Ferrer match live but had to watch the Federer/Djokovich match later on the Tennis Channel. On the repeat, they ran the Nadal/Ferrer match first but then ran it again after the Federer/Djokovich match. Huh!!! What about the ladies’ doubles final?? Why no doubles matches shown.

And today, thought that the commentary in respect of Sara Errani was mean spirited and unkind. She battled for every ball and was not overawed by the occasion yet the commentators just commented on her weak points. Shame!! And I am not Italian.

Will be watching Wimbledon via the BBC!!

Sherry Says:

Why is it so much harder to hold serve at the French Open than at the other tournaments? Or am I making that up?

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