Andy Murray signs a television camera lens after defeating Juan Ignacio… (Charles Platiau / Reuters )
After nearly two weeks of live French Open coverage on the Tennis Channel and ESPN2, NBC jumps into the mix when play reaches the semifinals. And Friday that means taped coverage of the men's semifinals on the West Coast because NBC will air the broadcast after "Today" at 11 a.m.
But NBC is making a concession: You can watch the network's coverage live on NBCSports.com.
Play begins at Roland Garros at 5 a.m. PDT with the Rafael Nadal-Andy Murray semifinal, followed by the match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Tennis Channel will air the Nadal-Murray match live. NBCSports.com will live-stream the entire Federer-Djokovic match. On the East Coast, NBC will either open its coverage with the conclusion of the Nadal-Murray match (the Tennis Channel will be allowed to show the match in its entirety) or, if Federer and Djokovic have begun play, NBC will pick up the match in progress. But NBCSports.com will start its live-stream whenever Federer and Djokovic hit the first ball.
On the West Coast, it is possible, as has happened in the past, that by the time NBC puts tennis on at 11 a.m. there will be nothing live left, in which case NBC will show the entire Federer-Djokovic match on tape.