WATCH LIVE: Swimming gets underway with men’s, women’s 400m IM

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Things get going at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Saturday afternoon, with the heats in six different competitions being held during the afternoon session. Action begins at 12:00 p.m., with the preliminary heats airing on and on the NBC Sports app starting with the men’s 400 meter individual medley.

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The men’s 400 meter individual medley has been won by an American in every Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. Looking to keep that streak alive are Jay Litherland and Chase Kalisz, who will bot compete in heat four with Litherland in lane three and Kalisz in lane five. In between them in lane four will be Japan’s Daiya Seto, whose qualifying time of 4:08.50 being the fastest in the field. In fact the Japanese have the two fastest qualifiers in the event, with Kosuke Hagino (4:08.54) swimming in heat three.

Also being held is the women’s 400 meter individual medley with Maya DiRado and Elizabeth Beisel representing the United States, with DiRado swimming in heat four and Beisel in heat five. Also competing in the women’s 400 meter individual medley is Hungary’s Katinkia Hosszu, whose qualifying time of 4:29.89 is the fastest of any competitor in the field. Hosszu will be in heat five, swimming out of lane four with Beisel in lane two.

In the women’s 100 meter butterfly the United States’ Kelsi Worrell and Dana Vollmer are among the fastest qualifiers, with Worrell being the fastest at 56.48 seconds, and they’ll be swimming in heats four and three respectively. The men’s 400 meter freestyle has seven heats to run Saturday afternoon, with Americans Connor Jaeger (heat six, lane five) and Conor Dwyer (heat seven, lane two) among the competitors. Jaeger’s expected to contend for a medal in this event, with Australia’s Mack Horton (the fastest Olympic qualifier) and China’s Sun Yang also in the mix.

The men’s 100 meter breaststroke will be the final individual heat of the afternoon, with Americans Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller both swimming in heat four. Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, the lone competitor to post a qualifying time below the 58-second mark, will be swimming in heat six. Closing out the afternoon session at the pool will be the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay, with Australia entering as the favorites to win gold. Their Olympic qualifying time of 3:31.48 is more than three seconds better than the second-best time, which was posted by the United States (3:34.61). Both teams will swim in heat two, with the Aussies in lane four and the Americans in lane five.

Swimming Day 1 PreliminariesWATCH LIVE
12:02 p.m.: Men’s 400 meter individual medley heats
12:28 p.m.: Women’s 100 meter butterfly heats
12:48 p.m.: Men’s 400 meter freestyle heats
1:32 p.m.: Women’s 400 meter individual medley heats
2:04 p.m.: Men’s 100 meter breaststroke heats
2:24 p.m.: Women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay heats

Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz set French Open semifinal showdown


Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play in the French Open semifinals on Friday in the most anticipated match of the tournament.

Each man advanced with a quarterfinal win on Tuesday.

Djokovic, eyeing a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title, rallied past 11th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-4. The Serb reached his 45th career major semifinal, one shy of Roger Federer‘s men’s record.

Later Tuesday, top seed Alcaraz crushed fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to consolidate his status as the favorite in Friday’s showdown.

“This match, everyone wants to watch,” Alcaraz said. “I really wanted to play this match as well. I always say that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

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Alcaraz, who at last year’s U.S. Open became the first male teen to win a major since Rafael Nadal in 2005, is at this event the youngest man to be the top seed at a major since Boris Becker at 1987 Wimbledon.

The Djokovic-Alcaraz semifinal will produce the clear favorite for Sunday’s final given left-handed 14-time French Open champion Nadal is out this year with a hip injury and No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev lost in the first round. Djokovic and Nadal share the record 22 men’s major titles.

Djokovic and Alcaraz met once, with Alcaraz winning last year on clay in Madrid 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“[Alcaraz] brings a lot of intensity on the court,” Djokovic said, before breaking into a smile. “Reminds me of someone from his country that plays with a left hand.”

Alcaraz and Djokovic were set to be on opposite halves of the draw — and thus not able to meet until the final — until Medvedev won the last top-level clay event before the French Open to move ahead of Djokovic in the rankings. That meant Djokovic had a 50 percent chance to wind up in Alcaraz’s half, and that’s what the random draw spit out two weeks ago.

Earlier Tuesday in the first two women’s quarterfinals, No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and 43rd-ranked Czech Karolina Muchova advanced to face off in Thursday’s semifinals.

Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion, swept Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to complete her set of semifinals in all four Grand Slams. Sabalenka will take the No. 1 ranking from Iga Swiatek if Swiatek loses before the final, or if Sabalenka makes the final and Swiatek does not win the title.

Svitolina, a former world No. 3, returned to competition in April from childbirth.

Muchova took out 2021 French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-2, to make her second major semifinal after the 2021 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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2023 French Open Men’s Singles Draw

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