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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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Roger Federer has surgery, out through French Open

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Roger Federer will be out three months, through the French Open, following surgery after right knee pain.

“My right knee has been bothering me for a little while,” was posted Thursday on his social media. “I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday.”

Federer, 38 and a record 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, will miss upcoming tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, plus the French Open that starts in late May.

“I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!” was posted.

By that timeline, Federer is not in danger of missing Wimbledon in June and July and the Tokyo Olympics in July and August.

Federer had been relatively healthy the previous three years, since missing the Rio Olympics and 2016 U.S. Open due to a left knee injury. He had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in February 2016.

Last year, Federer played the French Open for the first time since 2015, a sign that he was feeling very fit.

He’s played one tournament in 2020, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open. He was swept by Novak Djokovic and said after that he went into the match believing he had a three percent chance to win coming off a groin muscle injury.

At this year’s French Open, Rafael Nadal will tie Federer’s male record for Grand Slam singles titles if the Spaniard can win Roland Garros for a record-extending 13th time.

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