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WATCH LIVE: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal in French Open semifinals

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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.

WATCH LIVE: Federer-Nadal in French Open semifinals

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).

Men’s Semifinals
(1) Novak Djokovic v. (4) Dominic Thiem
(3) Roger Federer v. (2) Rafael Nadal

Women’s Semifinals
(8) Ashleigh Barty v. Amanda Anisimova
(26) Jo Konta v. Marketa Vondrousova

FRENCH OPEN: TV Schedule | Scores | Men’s Draw | Women’s Draw

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Chinese swimmer Sun Yang gets rare open hearing in doping case

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Monday it will hear the World Anti-Doping Agency’s case against three-time Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang on Nov. 15 in front of reporters — possibly even live-streamed — at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland.

The hearing won’t be completely open. Registration will be required, and photographers and videographers “will be invited to leave the hearing room after the opening,” CAS said in a statement. But those outside the room may still get a glimpse of the proceedings.

“With the agreement of all parties, it is intended to live stream all or parts of the hearing on the CAS website,” CAS said.

CAS noted that it has only held one prior hearing that wasn’t in a private setting — the 1999 case involving Irish swimmer Michelle Smith de Bruin, who won three gold medals in the 1996 Olympics but was banned for four years for tampering with a urine sample, a case that still prompts soul-searching in the Irish media. De Bruin lost the appeal.

Sun is accused of smashing a vial of blood at a drug test last fall. FINA allowed him to continue to compete, but the WADA has appealed, seeking a substantial suspension.

The Chinese swimmer won two gold medals at the world championships this summer and snubbed by some rivals at each medal ceremony, leading to a confrontation with British swimmer Duncan Scott.

RECAP AND VIDEO: Sun taunts Scott after medal ceremony

Sun has won 11 world individual titles in several freestyle distances but also has a long history of controversies ranging from a prior positive drug test and confrontations with other swimmers.

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U.S. women’s volleyball team ends year with surprise loss to Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic surprised the U.S. women’s volleyball team in the final of the NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) women’s continental championship Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, winning the first two sets and regrouping after a U.S. rally to win the fifth set.

The final score of the back-and-forth match: 25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 15-9. The U.S. women had defeated the Dominican Republic in three previous finals: 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Dominican Republic won a semifinal matchup on its way to the 2009 title.

In group play, the U.S. team had beaten the Dominican Republic in straight sets. The U.S. also breezed past Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico in group play and swept past Canada in the semifinals.

The loss doesn’t affect Olympic qualification. The U.S. women had already qualified for the 2020 Olympics by winning a qualification tournament in August in Bossier City, La.

MORE: U.S. women rally to qualify

Semifinalists Canada and Puerto Rico qualified for a last-chance Olympic qualifier that the Dominican Republic will host in January. Mexico defeated Cuba in the NORCECA fifth-place game to be the last of the four teams vying for one spot.

The Dominican Republic has had some success in women’s volleyball, finishing fifth in the 2014 world championships and reaching the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals before falling to the U.S. The team also won this year’s Pan Am Games, to which the U.S. did not send its top players. Currently, the team is ranked 10th in the world.

Earlier this year, the U.S. women had defeated the Dominican Republic in two tournament finals — the Pan American Cup and the NORCECA Champions Cup. The U.S. also won a matchup in the World Cup last month, but the Dominican Republic won another five-set match in the Nations League preliminary round in Italy.

The U.S. finishes the year with a 44-7 record in tournament play, including a first-place finish in the Nations League and second place in the World Cup.

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