One is the top player in the world, has 14 career Grand Slam titles and is looking for his fourth major in a row.
The other is 22 years old, has six career ATP titles (only one above the 250 Series level) and had never been to a major quarterfinal prior to this tournament.
You could say it’s a bit of a mismatch, but with fatigue kicking in–this will be the third match in as many days for each player–and rain making for challenging conditions, anything is possible.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem, 2016 French Open Semifinal
Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Start Time: Around 9 a.m. ET/3 p.m. local time. Garbine Muguruza vs. Samantha Stosur starts at 7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. local, and Wawrinka vs. Murray starts after that
TV Channel: Tennis Channel (USA), ITV 4 (UK), Eurosport 1 and 2 (UK, France and most European countries), TSN (Canada), FoxSports (Australia)
Djokovic and Thiem have played just twice in their careers, with the World No. 1 prevailing both times by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Their most recent meeting came earlier this year in the Miami Masters Round of 16. On paper it was a straight-set victory for Djoker, but the youngster put forth a valiant effort, forcing the world’s top player to save 14 break points throughout the match.
“He has very powerful strokes from the back of the court, so he either makes some really amazing shots, down the line mostly, and some great inside out forehands, or he makes a mistake,” said Djokovic after that win. “It was a straight-set win, but far from easy.”
Djokovic is clearly the favorite, but as Thiem continues to get better and better, he has a chance to make things very interesting on Friday at Roland Garros.