Serena vs. Venus, Rafa vs. Roger in Australian Open 2017 Finals

Ryan Berenz
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It's shaped up to be an epic final weekend for tennis Down Under. The 2017 Australian Open singles finals have come down to Serena Williams vs. sister Venus Williams in the ladies' final, and longtime rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face off in the men's match.

It's the 28th meeting between Venus and Serena, with Serena holding a 16-11 advantage in the overall win column against her sister and a 6-2 advantage in major finals. The Williams sisters have combined for 29 major titles. For Serena, a win in Melbourne would give her an Open Era record 23rd major title and her seventh at the Australian Open.

On the men's side, Nadal and Federer have made remarkable comebacks after injuries plagued their 2016 seasons. Nadal owns 14 major titles and Federer owns the record with 17. This is the 35th meeting between Nadal and Federer, with Nadal holding a decided 23-11 edge over Federer. Nadal also has a 6-2 lead over Federer in major finals.

ESPN and WatchESPN air the finals live in the very late night on Friday and Saturday (see schedule below). For those who'd like to sleep, ESPN and ESPN Classic combine to televise encore presentations at more reasonable hours, but stay off social media if you want to avoid spoilers.

The Australian Open finals live and encore schedule from ESPN:

Australian Open 2017 Finals On ESPN Networks

All times Eastern. Programming days begin at 6am ET.

Fri, Jan 27

2 – 6 p.m.

Men’s Semifinal #2

Nadal vs. Dimitrov

ESPN2

Encore

 

7 – 9 p.m.

2003 Australian Open

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN Classic

Encore

 

3 – 5:30 a.m.

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

LIVE

Sat, Jan 28

9 – 11 a.m.

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN2

Encore

 

6 – 8 p.m.

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN Classic

Encore

 

8 – 10 p.m.

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN Classic

Encore

 

10 p.m. – MID

Women’s Championship

S.Williams vs. V.Williams

ESPN Classic

Encore

 

3 – 6:30 a.m.

Men’s Championship

Nadal vs. Federer

ESPN

ESPN Deportes

LIVE

Sun, Jan 29

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Men’s Championship

Nadal vs. Federer

ESPN2

Encore

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