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Rafael Nadal’s first French Open titles air on NBC Sports’ ‘From the Vault’

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Relive 25% of Rafael Nadal‘s French Open titles on NBCSN on Wednesday, part of NBC Sports’ “From the Vault” week.

Starting at 7 p.m. ET, catch Nadal’s triumphs on the terre battue from 2006, 2011 and 2005 in succession. Coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

In 2006, Nadal met Federer in a Grand Slam final for the first time, rallying 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) for his second title at Roland Garros. Nadal conquered Federer in three different clay finals that spring, breaking Guillermo Vilas‘ 29-year-old male record for consecutive wins on the surface (53).

The 2011 French Open final (10 p.m.) again pitted Nadal and Federer. Again, Nadal prevailed 7–5, 7-6 (3), 5–7, 6–1. It marked their first Grand Slam final clash since the 2009 Australian Open and would be their last until the 2017 Australian Open. Nadal tied Bjorn Borg‘s record six men’s titles in Paris, a mark he would eventually double.

The 2005 French Open final (12:30 a.m.) marked the beginning of the Nadal reign at Roland Garros. In a white bandana, olive green sleeveless top and white pirate pants, he came back to beat 37th-ranked Argentine Mariano Puerta 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.

At 19, he became the first teenage man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Pete Sampras at the 1990 U.S. Open. And the first man to win the French in his debut at the event since Mats Wilander in 1982.

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2006 French Open Men’s Final 7 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2011 French Open Men’s Final 10 p.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK
2005 French Open Men’s Final 12:30 a.m. NBCSN | STREAM LINK

French Open classic finals air on NBCSN on Monday

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Andre AgassiSerena Williams and Roger Federer‘s breakthrough French Open titles air on NBCSN on Monday night as part of “From the Vault” week.

All three Roland Garros finals also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

It starts with Agassi’s epic in 1999 at 7 p.m. ET.

He came to Paris on the worst Grand Slam run of his career — no quarterfinals in his last nine majors. Agassi was seeded 13th.

He came back from trailing by a set in three of his first four matches, including an upset of defending champion Carlos Moya in the fourth round, after which he attended a Bruce Springsteen concert.

In the final, Agassi rallied past unseeded Andriy Medvedev of Ukraine 1–6, 2–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4 to become the second man to win the career Grand Slam in the Open Era after Rod Laver.

“I will always have one regret,” Agassi wrote in his autobiography, “Open,” “that I can’t go back and relive that 1999 French Open again and again.”

At 10:30 p.m., Serena plays older sister Venus in the only all-Williams French Open final. Venus had won their last three Slam meetings, but Serena swept her 7-5, 6-3 to begin what would be the first of her two “Serena Slams,” winning four straight majors (though not all in the same calendar year).

Finally, at 12:30 a.m., Federer completes his Grand Slam by beating giant slayer Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the 2009 French Open final.

The Swede Soderling, seeded 23rd, paved the way for Federer by stunning four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round. To date, Nadal is 93-2 in his Roland Garros career.

This year’s French Open, originally scheduled to start May 24, was postponed to Sept. 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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French Open changes dates due to coronavirus

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The French Open tennis Grand Slam has been postponed from a May 24 start to Sept. 20-Oct. 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Roland Garros will now start one week after the end of the U.S. Open, traditionally the season’s last Slam.

“Though nobody is able to predict what the situation will be on 18th May, the current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with our preparations and, as a result, we are unable to hold the tournament on the dates originally planned,” according to a tournament press release.

Previously, the ATP and WTA Tours called off all tournaments into late April, including the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, considered the sport’s fifth-biggest annual tournament after the four majors.

The next scheduled Grand Slam is Wimbledon from June 29-July 12.

The French Open was scheduled to be the final tournament in the Olympic qualifying window. ATP and WTA rankings after the event were to determine the Olympic singles fields.

The new French Open dates coincide with the Laver Cup, a men’s team event that drew Roger FedererRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among its first three editions. This year’s Laver Cup is scheduled for Boston from Sept. 25-27.

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