Laurie's DVD clips - Sampras v Krajicek 00 US Open

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by laurie, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. laurie

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    Hi. I thought that instead of always adding a new thread of updates of clips, I may as well always update you guys of new clips on this one thread from now on. I got the idea from WTA world and it seems to work well there. As this is "Former Pro Player talk" section I can add all the ex player clips here:

    I've just updated my site overnight with:

    15 clips of Sampras v Krajicek from the 2000 US Open quarterfinal and 13 clips of the 2002 US Open final between Sampras and Agassi. I still have the clips between Krajicek and Henman. I will change the clips after christmas. I wanted to put Sampras v McEnroe from 1990 US Open but I'll wait a bit longer. He was only 19 then but that's one of the best performances I've ever seen from a tennis player.

    I also will continue to add more up to date clips. I'll be putting the 06 Masters semifinal between Federer and Nadal very soon and have clips from this years Federation Cup final.

    http://www.classictennismatches.net/index_files/page0016.html

    The only thing is I wish I could type my full site name on here like I do on other sites - www. tennis dvd clips.net
     
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  2. laurie

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    Hi. I've added:

    Federer v Nadal - 06 Masters semifinal
    Martinez v Davenport - 1998 Australian open semifinal (please note a couple of these clips are over 6 minutes long so will take a bit longer to download - those girls were really going after eachother in this match!)

    At the moment I'm uploading:

    Kuznetsova v Mauresmo - 06 Miami semifinal

    Tomorrow I will add:

    Sampras v McEnroe - 1990 US Open semifinal
    Mauresmo v Ivanovic - 06 Miami quarterfinal

    You lot wil love the Sampas McEnroe clips - 19 of them!
     
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  3. blubber

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    I appreciate all the clips you post, especially older matches. It's fun to compare players from yesterday to those of today. Please keep it up!
     
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  4. laurie

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    Ok, I've just updated my site with these matches:

    1991 ATP final - Sampras v Courier (very good Tennis in this match)

    1995 US Open semifinal - Seles v Conchita Martinez

    2005 WTA final - Mauresmo v Pierce

    1994 Masters final - Sabatini v Davenport

    Enjoy
     
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  5. noobplayer

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    r these clips free to dl?
     
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  6. laurie

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    Of course. Have you given it a try?
     
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  7. noobplayer

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    yep, i dled 1 clip and pretty good job :)
     
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  8. laurie

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    Good stuff Noobplayer! I've just added Kuznetsova v Dementieva - 2004 US Open final.

    I'll make another update next week.

    Ciao.
     
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    Very nice. Thanks for your efforts.
     
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  10. laurie

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    Hi. Ok I've just added these today:

    Sampras v Agassi - 1999 Cincinatti semifinal
    Sampras v Agassi - 1999 Cincinatti final (this is the match with Rafter's busted racquet)
    Kuznetsova v Sharapova - 06 Miami final
    Seles v Dementieva - 2000 Masters semifinal

    I'll be adding a couple more matches as the day goes on. I'll let you know what they are.

    http://www.classictennismatches.net/.../page0016.html
     
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  11. laurie

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    Hi. I've just added:

    Hingis v Davenport - 1998 Masters final
    Krajicek v Henman - 2000 US Open.

    My next update will mostly be great Australian Open matches from previous years.
     
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  12. foetz

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    much thanks for sharing!!

    btw you'd save lots of webspace and bandwidth by converting the clips to xvid ...
     
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  13. laurie

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    Hi. I've added these matches over the weekend:

    Sampras v Agassi - 1999 Los Angeles final
    Kuznetsova v Mauresmo - 2006 China Open final
    Davenport v Hingis - 2000 Australian Open final
    Mauresmo v Pierce - 2006 Paris Open final
    Sampras v Kuerten - 2000 Miami final

    I will be adding lots of Australian Open matches from this year and previous years over the next weeks.

    http://www.classictennismatches.net/index_files/page0018.html
     
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  14. tennisboy87

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    Thanks laurie.
     
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  15. thefan

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    Thanks for uploading these videos of old matches but I just downloaded the 1999 sampras vs. agassi match and there is no sound. Is there a way to fix this?
     
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  16. pj80

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    i had sound...maybe u should check your pc
     
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  17. laurie

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  19. The Gorilla

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    you should be awarded a medal for this.
     
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  20. The Gorilla

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    wait, where is sampras v kraijeck?
     
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  21. laurie

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    I change the clips around every 10 days or so.

    I stupidly wrote "Sampras v Krajicek" in the title of this thread. I should have just called it "Laurie's tennis DVD clips thread. I'll ask the administrators to change the title.
     
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  22. The Gorilla

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    could you please put it back up for just a few hours sometime?
     
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  23. laurie

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    Yeah sure. My only problem is, there are so many matches I want to put on there! I have to be patient. I have a great 3 set match between Sampras and Edberg at the 1994 World Championships lined up next. I also want to put Federer's demolition of Roddick at this year's Aussie Open. I'll try to fit Sampras v Krajicek soon.
     
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  24. The Gorilla

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    ok, thx very much, just make sure you post letting me know.
     
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  25. pj80

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    forget the krajicek match...upload sampras-edberg 94 that was a classic
     
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  26. laurie

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    I've added over the last couple of days:

    Sampras v Moya - 1997 Australian Open final
    Serena v Jankovic - 2007 Australian Open 4th rd
    Schnyder v Ivanovic - 2005 Zurich semifinal
    Kuznetsova v Adamzcak - 2007 Australian Open 2nd rd

    http://www.classictennismatches.net/index_files/page0018.html

    I'm going to add Agassi v Sampras from the 2000 Australian Open semifinal over the next few days.

    PJ 80 you're right, I will add Sampras v Edberg first.

    What did you guys think of Becker v Lendl - 1991 Aussie final? How do you compare it to today's Tennis?
     
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  27. The Gorilla

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    lendl hits bigger and better than federer, the forehand is more powerful but less heavy than fed's, but his backhand virtually as good as his forehand which puts him above federer in my books.He's almost like a cross between Sampras and Agassi.
     
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  28. laurie

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    Ah Gorilla! (interesting name!) that's a point I made on BBC message boards a couple of years ago. I said Sampras, Agassi and Courier are all hybrids of Lendl's game.

    Sampras and Courier like Lendl were very good with the inside out forehand to stretch the opponent. Sampras has that forehand down the line and running forehand like Lendl. Agassi has that quick serve dwon the middle and then killing the point with a forehand instead of a volley. Lendl was definitely the father of modern power Tennis. Lendl also had a fantastic one handed backhand, one of the best.
     
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  29. 35ft6

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    Wow. These are awesome. Watching the Moya and Rafter matches against Sampras, reminded how annoying Pete could be, along with Michael Chang, with pretending to be dumbfounded by calls of balls that were clearly in. Gamesmanship at its worst.
     
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  30. laurie

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    Hi. I've now added Sampras v Edberg from 1994 ATP Championships (Masters)

    I think you lot will enjoy these clips.
     
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  31. The Gorilla

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    thankyou..
     
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  32. prosealster

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    you ARE a true LEGEND laurie :)
     
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  33. 35ft6

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    Lendl versus Becker. Thank you.
     
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  34. laurie

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    Last orders on that one. I'll be adding Agassi v Sampras - 2000 Australian Open semifinal - a classic.

    I forgot to mention Seles v Graf from the 1999 Australian Open quarterfinal.

    I wanted to add Federer v Roddick from this year's Aussie Open but that will have to wait for another couple of weeks.

    I would like to get views from people who don't know much about Edberg (and those who do), he was a stylish player wasn't he? He moved very smoothly around the court, graceful is how I would describe it, whilst been deceptively quick.
     
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  36. 35ft6

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    I've seen enough of Edberg to consider him the greatest volleyer of the open era. Yes, better than Mac, and considerably better than Sampras. It's like comparing Emmit Smith to Barry Sanders. Emmitt had that ridiculous offensive line to soften up the way for him, whereas Barry had to create his own space for yardage. Likewise, Sampras had such a silly serve it made his first volley easier IMO. Edberg's serve was decent, gave him plenty of time to get to the net, but he really had to stick his first volleys. Flawless technique, and the best footwork at net ever.
     
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  37. andreh

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    I concur with this view. Edberg is my favorite player and I've seen alot of his matches. His greatness as a S&V player is undisputed but I would also like to point out that from 89-90 or so and onward Edberg had a really strong ground game. He could hold his own against anyone on the baseline.

    Here's a couple of mathces I recommend where Edberg is at his best:

    Wimbledon Finals against Becker 88 and 90 (the entertainment value of the 90 final is particularly high)
    1991 USO final (By Edberg's own admission the best match he ever played)
    1987 Cincinatti F against Becker (perhaps his best, IMO)
    1991 USO 4thR against Chang
    1987 Super Seiko Final in Tokyo
    1989 FO SF against Becker
    1988 W SF against Mecir
    1990 Indian Wells F against Agassi


    Edberg greatest weakness imo was that his was prone to severe dips in form. 1990 is indicative, great tennis in the beginning of the year reaching the finals at the AO where he had to default while leading against Ivan Lendl (and yes, beating him from the backcourt) and then a couple of tournamnet finals and wins after that. Then 1st round exit in the FO follwed by 21 match winning streak, including the Wimbledon title. Then 1st round exit at the USO. And then again a couple finals and wins at the end of the year. His entire career was up and down like this, whereas other top players had more even form. When he was on, he was really on. When he was off, he was really off.
     
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  38. laurie

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    Andreh, is that because of the footfault problems? He got called a lot in matches and that always seemed to affect his form and concentration at bad moments (it would affect anyone to be constantly get called for footfault in tournaments all around the world).
     
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    No, I don't think so. The footfaults were an annoyance for him but at the same time I think it was calculated risk. He expected them

    If I may speculate:

    I think it was a mental thing. He was known for hanging his head in the early days but got better. But he still couldn't shake those longer term trends in his form.

    I also think his game was rather delicate. It could break down completely. He didn't have a single weapon to rely on when in trouble, like Becker, who had his trememdeos first serve. Rather, Edbergs game relied on a combination of several things. Serve, movement, precision volleys, approach shots etc. ANd they all had to work well for his game to be effective. If one factor switiched off his entire game broke down. Very delicate. But when all was firing it was amazing to watch.

    At the end of carrer (i.e., 93 and onward), I think he just got a little tired of the game. He had married, had a child. His priorites switched and that made the dips in form more severe. Hence, no more slam titles for Edberg after 92.
     
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  40. prosealster

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    Edberg was great to watch... the way he goes about his business... so elegant.... awesome volleys...But I think his game was heavily dependent on his serve... his volley, movement was always good IMHO... but he would often get into trouble with his serve... constant foot fault, back injury and his tendency to drop his head too early all contribute to it... I remember the Aus open final... the rest of his game was still on.. but he just couldnt get enough bite on his 2nd serve... compared to earlier in his career....hence was heavily punished... but it also showed how awesome his volley was.. able to come in time after time with his serve. I think the deterioration of his serve was the main reason he stoped winning majors (eventhough his ground game improved)
     
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  41. andreh

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    Probably also a factor. One can observe how Edberg's service technique changed over the course of his career. He tossed less and less to the left as time passed. Less kick, more pace. Not good for his game as it wouldn't let him get as close to the net anymore for his first volleys.

    But I still don't think it was the deciding factor. The deciding factor IMO was that he seemed to stop putting 100% into his tennis. He stopped playing the big points well. 30-40 down: in 1990 he would bring out his best serve and volleys, in post 1993 he would double fault instead. At times it just seemed like he didn't to care anymore.

    Anyway, it's only speculation. Only Edberg himself knows.
     
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  42. hoons

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    Great resources laurie. I wonder where you get them from.

    This might be a pretty obscure match to find but i wonder if you could find Federer/Hewitt vs Rafter/Bjorkman, Wimbledon 1999.
    I think itd be pretty cool to see those 2 playing together.

    Cool site!
     
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  43. laurie

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    Thanks, these matches are entirely from my own collection. I love Womens Tennis too so I have a big section for the women. Those matches you mention will be difficult to get ahold of for me because broadcasters tend not to show complete early rd slam matches so they are always difficult to get.
     
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  44. federerfanatic

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    I was always surprised Krajicek was such a tough opponent for Sampras, the same way I am always surprised Nadal is such a tough opponent for Federer. I dont mean that they arent still really good players, or players that I wouldnt expect to be tough competition for Sampras and Federer. Just that they are not players I would ever imagine would be to the point of a personal "nemisis"-Krajicek to Sampras of course, and Nadal to Federer. Krajicek definitely got "in the zone" to play Sampras whenever he played him and Sampras had to play his best tennis to have a hope to hold him off; again similar to what happenes with Nadal when he plays Federer, even on grass last year at Wimbledon of all places.
     
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  45. laurie

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    I should have mentioned I added

    2000 Australian Open semifinal between Agassi and Sampras last weekend. It's in the ATP section of my site.
     
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  46. laurie

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    With Miami on at the moment, I've done comprehensive clips of the 2000 Miami final between Sampras and Kuerten. Now, I highly recommend this, it's one of the all time great Miami finals and the atmosphere was was incredible.

    http://www.classictennismatches.net/index_files/page0018.html

    I also did some great clips of last year's Miami semifinal between Kuznetsova and Mauresmo, one of Svetlana's best performances, especially as she seems to be a bit off the boil at the moment.

    I will be very interested to read your views on the 2000 Miami final.
     
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  47. pj80

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    thnx laurie thats very generous of you.
     
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    Laurie, I love you.
     
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  49. dr_punk

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    how do i download these??
     
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  50. laurie

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    I uploaded 1996 ATP semifinal between Becker and Krajicek. Very high quality match.

    The 2000 Miami final clips have proved very popular, I knew they would, it was a great match. I also uploaded some clips from the 1994 Miami final between Agassi and Sampras. The reason I wanted to do it was to show how Sampras' game on hardcouts had changed in those 6 years. In 1994 he was staying back on many 1st and second serves and playing lots of baseline rallies, in 2000 he was attacking the net almost like a madman! But still his level of play was exceptionally high.
     
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