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Quick Question about Semis TV Schedule.

acharlesmobile
09-06-2006, 05:42 AM
So im looking at the USopen site's TV schedule and it says that 12pm-6pm will be the semis. I'm assuming they're gonna show one followed by the other. Does anyone know whether it will be the top half or the bottom half first? Cause 'm busy in the morning (i'm on west coast) and i would probably miss whatever match comes first. I'm hoping top half will play 2nd or is that just not how it works?

Action Jackson
09-06-2006, 05:44 AM
It depends if Roddick is in the semis or not?

Deboogle!.
09-06-2006, 05:45 AM
It depends if Roddick is in the semis or not?funny :p It shouldn't matter. The bottom half plays their QFs tomorrow, the top on Thursday, so the bottom half should play the first semi regardless of who is playing in the match.

Action Jackson
09-06-2006, 05:50 AM
funny :p It shouldn't matter. The bottom half plays their QFs tomorrow, the top on Thursday, so the bottom half should play the first semi regardless of who is playing in the match.

Who knows with the schedule in reality. It will rain today as well.

DrJules
09-06-2006, 06:06 AM
It depends if Roddick is in the semis or not?

Do you mean if Roddick is in the semi-final he will play first to give him more time before the final. :devil:

FaceyFacem
09-06-2006, 01:46 PM
yeah, it will totally be based on who is playing

Pigpen Stinks
09-06-2006, 03:30 PM
They will almost invariably put the match that they think will get higher tv ratings on second. Last year was a rare exception as I'm sure they gave Agassi the preferential consideration to get more recovery time. Plus, it wasn't like Fed-Hewitt didn't have some drawing power. I think a Roddick-Nadal semi would be a lock for second on the schedule, even if you had Fed-Safin on the other half.

DrJules
09-06-2006, 07:52 PM
They will almost invariably put the match that they think will get higher tv ratings on second. Last year was a rare exception as I'm sure they gave Agassi the preferential consideration to get more recovery time. Plus, it wasn't like Fed-Hewitt didn't have some drawing power. I think a Roddick-Nadal semi would be a lock for second on the schedule, even if you had Fed-Safin on the other half.


That could ruin the final if Federer in the first match beats a nobody in 3 sets e.g. Davydenko then Nadal plays a 5 set match against Roddick. Should they not give the match more likely to be longer the first slot?

Pigpen Stinks
09-06-2006, 09:51 PM
That could ruin the final if Federer in the first match beats a nobody in 3 sets e.g. Davydenko then Nadal plays a 5 set match against Roddick. Should they not give the match more likely to be longer the first slot?

I don't know if there's any fair way to schedule it. It's a problem mostly because of the back to back semis and finals (because of tv, of course). I don't think the US players should get preferential treatment, but the system has usually worked against them in this respect. It used to be even worse when the women's final was sandwiched between the men's semis, and there was even less recovery time for the 2nd semi winner.

Over the past 25 years, CBS has practically always scheduled the match that they perceive as more ratings attractive 2nd. The exceptions would be last year, and it also looks like Agassi may have requested the early match in 2003. I think I remember them mentioning that back then, but not sure. He played Ferrero first and the Roddick-Nalby match followed. Not a big drop off there since they had the rising American star in the 2nd match.

Here's a sampling since 1980 with the perceived less attractive ratings semi listed (and played) first:

1980
Borg-Kriek
McEnroe-Connors

1981
McEnroe-Gerulaitis
Borg-Connors

1984
Lendl-Cash
McEnroe-Connors

1988
Wilander-Cahill
Lendl-Agassi

1991
Edberg-Lendl
Courier-Connors

1992
Edberg-Chang
Sampras-Courier

1993
Pioline-Masur
Sampras-Volkov

1995
Sampras-Courier
Agassi-Becker

1997
Rusedski-Bjorkman
Rafter-Chang

1998
Philippousis-Moya
Rafter-Sampras

1999
Martin-Pioline
Agassi-Kafelnikov

2000
Safin-Martin
Sampras-Hewitt

2001
Sampras-Schalken
Agassi-Hewitt

As you can see, it's typically been the American player that gets stuck in the 2nd slot.