The match of the day on semifinal day for the women at the French Open belonged to Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard, who went the distance on Thursday only to see Sharapova win another three-set match on clay.
Sharapova, who will be playing in her third straight final at Roland Garros, seems to find another gear when she gets to that third set, taking care of business in the deciding set 6-2 to get herself in the finals again on clay (and this time, no Serena Williams across net).
Halep now goes into her first Grand Slam final not having dropped a single set at Roland Garros, and while Sharapova is the oddsmakers' favorite (-170, according to Bovada), it should be another tight one in the finals and will either be a fifth Grand Slam title and second at the French Open for Sharapova, or a first for Halep, who has played an amazing tournament thus far.
"I’m fortunate to be the winner of this match,” — Maria Sharapova on her quarterfinals win
First, Novak Djokovic will take on Ernests Gulbis for a spot in the finals and a chance to complete his career Grand Slam (Djokovic has won the Australian Open four times, and Wimbledon and the U.S. Open once each).
But the match that people are excited about is Nadal vs. Murray. Nadal holds a 14-5 advantage over Murray, and is 5-0 against Murray on clay.
Coverage kicks off with the Gulbis-Djokovic match on Tennis Channel at 7 AM ET.