Even though we haven't heard the name Iga Swiatek often, it's time to get familiar because we're going to hear it for a long time to come. The 19-year-old Swiatek has bulldozed her way through the French Open making it all the way to the Women's Finals. It really wasn't even close her whole way through the tournament. The #1 seed Simona Halep lost to Swiatek and in the Semis, she won in dominating fashion 6-2,6-1. If other sports commissioners are looking on how to make their games shorter and more efficient, maybe they should consult Swiatek who won that match in just over an hour.
But her challenger in the Finals is certainly no slouch. Sofia Kenin will face off against Swiatek and the former is the highest-ranked American female player currently sitting a #6. Kenin is 16-1 in Grand Slam singles play. Kenin was the breakout player from 2019. Maybe when we look back at this hiatus shortened year, Swiatek will be one of the breakout stars from 2020. Hopefully this is a glimpse into a budding rivalry that lasts for a long time to come. We can't wait to see the Final on Saturday on NBC.
How to Watch French Open
When: Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11
Where: Roland Garros Stadium
TV: NBC, NBCSN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch the French Open free with fuboTV)
On the Men's side, the Semi-Finals are between 1) Novak Djokovic vs. 5) Stefanos Tsitsipas and in the other match 12) Diego Schwartzman vs. 2) Rafael Nadal. Let's start with the lowest seed Schwartzman. He dropped the first two sets of the tournament but he has won every set since. He beat Andrey Rublev in a revenge match after the Russian beat Schwartzman just a couple weeks ago in the Hamburg European Open. He is coming in with a lot of momentum and he's going to need every bit of it facing Nadal.
Of course, Nadal has his way with clay more than the best potter in the world. Nadal said these conditions would be the most difficult he's ever faced at Roland Garros Stadium. If they were, he has shown little signs of struggle. He will get a chance to avenge a loss against Schwartzman who he lost to in Rome just a couple weeks ago. It was the first time Schwartzman beat Nadal as he hadn't won in their previous nine meetings. Does the Argentinian have the magic in him one more time to make it to the Final?
As for Tsitsipas, this is his first Roland Garros Semi-Final. Just his luck to draw one of the greatest in a generation and the best in the world right now in Djokovic. This is Djokovic's tenth Semi at Roland Garros. But Nadal still has his number at the French Open. Djokovic has won this title once back in 2016 against Andy Murray. Nadal has beat Djokovic three times in the French Final and the former has won the last three French Open Titles. Is it inevitable that he'll make it a fourth or will Djokovic exercise his clay demons against Nadal? Tune in to find out.
French Open TV Schedule on fuboTV
Date Time (ET) Network Round
Friday, Oct. 9 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis Channel Men’s Semis
11 a.m. NBC, NBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 9 a.m. NBC Women’s Final
Sunday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. NBC Men’s Final
Source: NBC Sports