In case you watched Novak Djokovic’s epic Roland Garros conquest of Rafael Nadal final week, you weren’t alone.
A defiant Djokovic dethroned 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in a heart-racing French Open semifinal that escalated right into a match for the ages—and set a report and essentially the most seen match in Tennis Channel historical past.
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The boys’s singles semifinal between future Corridor of Famers Djokovic and Nadal on Friday, June eleventh, generated 511,000 viewers on the channel (Nielsen Stay+SD, P2+) making it essentially the most watched match in community historical past.
This surpassed the earlier most-watched match, a 2019 Australian Open contest between Roger Federer and Taylor Fritz, which led to 448,000 viewers.
Three different French Open matches this yr ranked amongst Tennis Channel’s high 20 of all time:
No. 10: Maria Sakkari vs. Elise Martens, third spherical, Saturday, June fifth – 404,000 viewers No. 15
Serena Williams vs. Irena-Camelia Begu, first spherical, Monday, Might thirty first – 394,000 viewers (first French Open evening session) No. 20
Rafael Nadal vs. Cameron Norrie, third spherical, Saturday, June fifth – 370,000 viewers
Tennis Channel’s fifteenth yr of complete French Open protection passed off Might 30-June 13, all 15 days of tennis’ second main event and the world’s most prestigious clay-court competitors.
t included day by day televised and streamed matches; all-night encores; further unique competitors produced for parent-company Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports activities networks; particular options and stories in and concerning the occasion’s host metropolis of Paris; and an on-air staff with Corridor of Famers Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport.
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