Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for the 39th time, in the French Open semifinals, live on NBC Sports on Friday.
Federer-Nadal XXXIX airs live at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN and streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.
Federer, 37, is playing the French Open for the first time since 2015 and, perhaps, the last time in his legendary career. He’s dropped just one set en route to the final four, taking out countryman and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
It’s the 10th anniversary of Federer’s one and only French Open title, when he didn’t have to go through Nadal.
Nadal, eyeing a record-extending 12th French Open crown, has also dropped just one set thus far. He swept No. 7 Kei Nishikori in Tuesday’s quarterfinals.
Nadal leads the head-to-head with Federer 23-15, but they haven’t met since 2017 and Federer has won the last five. However, Nadal is 13-2 against Federer on clay and 5-0 at the French Open, including finals in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Friday’s winner gets either No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final (9 a.m. ET, NBC, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).
(1) Novak Djokovic v. (4) Dominic Thiem
(3) Roger Federer v. (2) Rafael Nadal
(8) Ashleigh Barty v. Amanda Anisimova
(26) Jo Konta v. Marketa Vondrousova
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