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Djokovic's RG Win Over Nadal Most Viewed Match in TC History

If you watched Novak Djokovic's epic Roland Garros conquest of Rafael Nadal last week, you were not 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 into a match for the ages—and set a record and the most viewed match in Tennis Channel history.

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The men’s singles semifinal between future Hall of Famers Djokovic and Nadal on Friday, June 11th, generated 511,000 viewers on the channel (Nielsen Live+SD, P2+) making it the most watched match in network history.

This surpassed the previous most-watched match, a 2019 Australian Open contest between Roger Federer and Taylor Fritz, which led to 448,000 viewers.

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Three other French Open matches this year ranked among Tennis Channel’s top 20 of all time:

No. 10: Maria Sakkari vs. Elise Martens, third round, Saturday, June 5th – 404,000 viewers No. 15

Serena Williams vs. Irena-Camelia Begu, first round, Monday, May 31st – 394,000 viewers (first French Open night session) No. 20

Rafael Nadal vs. Cameron Norrie, third round, Saturday, June 5th – 370,000 viewers

Tennis Channel’s 15th year of comprehensive French Open coverage took place May 30-June 13, all 15 days of tennis’ second major tournament and the world’s most prestigious clay-court competition.

t included daily televised and streamed matches; all-night encores; additional exclusive competition produced for parent-company Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports networks; special features and reports in and about the event’s host city of Paris; and an on-air team with Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier and Lindsay Davenport.

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