sampras on fire!!

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Young Pete, May 29, 2007.

  1. laurie

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    I haven't. I still post matches around once every 3 weeks.

    I've got some grass matches lined up for after the French.
    I've got loads of clay matches on my site right now. Go to page 2 of former pro player talk and you will see my latest list there.
     
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  2. dunloplayah

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    hoo ray for the all courters! My kind of tennis! Can't wait to see him and Mcenroe live and in person here in Little Rock Arkansas July 22 for an exhibition match!
     
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  3. Ares

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    Those are some great vids of Pete. Id like to see the one where Pete Sampras gets owned by Safin in the US Open final. Safin was definitely Pete's pimp that day. It was "Hitting clinic with Marat" that day. Similar to how Sampras slapped Agassi around.

    I still think Federer is a more dominating player than Sampras.

    Oh well, fun to watch them play. Really puts my ass back in place when I think Im hitting decent.
     
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  4. WhiteSox05CA

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    WOW! SAMPRAS=MY HERO!
    And this is against an amazing player AGASSI!- in a final!
    The Sampras serve and slam dunk are so much fun to watch.

    (Federer could never do that- and I'm a Federer fan)
     
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  5. tHotGates

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    Question for laurie .... do you have the 1990 USO Pete v Lendl match?
     
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  6. laurie

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    Yes I do have this match, plus the semi against McEnroe and the final against Agassi (another awsome display from a guy just turned 19)
     
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  9. Defcon

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    You do realize people have been shot for lies much smaller than that, don't you?
     
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    i think Sampras could hit the corner of the service box c/c off his FH no matter where in the court he was. Amazing rip for such a flat grip
     
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  11. tHotGates

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    I have visited your site before but I have forgotten the link. Do you upload your matches or sell them? Youtube has the AA & Mac matches but not the Lendl match. I remember seeing highlights of the 89 USO Willander match win for Pete & that raised an eyebrow then to have that followed up by Pete's amazing run in 1990 .... I couldn't believe that this kid just beat Lendl, Mac, & Agassi. What an awesome display of talent. I still have (somewhere) the SI magazine featuring Pete's win with the splash headline: "A Star is Born".
     
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  12. laurie

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    Hi. send me an email through my profile and I'll send you my websites.
     
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  13. laurie

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    Does anyone actually know that Agassi aimed a ball at Sampras' head in the 3rd set of the 1999 ATP final?

    Agassi was so frustrated at one point that instead of aiming a pass down the line, he purposely changed his grip and aimed the shot straight at Sampras' head - who swayed out of the way, he didn't look too amused. The German crowd was quick to see what Agassi was up to and booed him. I don't know if You tube has that highlight, it was during the 3rd set.

    Yesterday I mentioned some of Sampras' best matches. today I will mention some of my favourite matches (where both players played great or it was a nice spectacle):

    2000 Miami final - I have no hesitation in saying this is one of the great matches of recent times. The attacker vs the baseliner (although I think Kuerten is an all court player, he had good results on hard winning Cincinatti in 2001 and getting the US Open quarterfinal in 1999. He served a lot of aces and had good volleys). The corwd was absolutely incredible. 4 hours of magic.

    1994 Miami final - An absloutely fantastic baseline battle between Sampras and Agassi. A real contrast between how Sampras played in 1994 and how he played in 2000.

    1998 Cincinatti final - Rafter beat Sampras in 3 snapping an 8 match winning streak to Sampras. Sampras was on fire in the 1st set winning it 6:1 and at one point Rafter gave his racquet to the ball boy telling him to have a go!

    2002 US Open rd 4. After the Rusedski match, Sampras kind of dipped into his repretoir and reminded himself what he was about. He would have beaten Haas in 3 sets had he not got mentally nervous. It was a long time since Sampras was hitting the kick serve to the backhand and then hitting the forehand down the line for winners. That was what Sampras was all about in the early to late 1990s and in 2000 and 2001 he neglected this sort of tactic. These tactics brought him the US Open in 02 because it gave his opponents a different look and kept them off balance.

    1996 French Open quarterfinal v Courier. Came from 2 sets down, I've never seen Courier so angry.

    1994 ATP final v Becker - I really like this match, Sampras hit some great backhands.

    1991 ATP final v Courier, another great baseline battle. Those guys hit the ball as hard as you will see today.

    1992 Cincinatti final v Lendl. This was really a fun match to watch. The third set had 5 breaks of serve in a row.

    1999 Wimbledon semifinal v Henman. Sampras didn't play his best that day but his determination was incredible and that did for Henman in the end. Having said that, Sampras hit about 15 return winners, one of his strengths on grass.

    2000 Wimbledon final v Rafter - despite the record, that was a drama filled high quality Tennis match.

    2002 US Open final. What a contrast to the 2001 US Open quarterfinal. No tiebreaks here, and quite a few breaks of serve, more typical of their meetings over the years. It's ironic that Sampras came on the scene in 1990 and the commentators were complementing his backhand down the line, and in his last match, he kept nailing that backhand down the line, especially off the return. He really rediscovered something about himself in that tournament.
     
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  14. drakulie

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    I don't recall that. I do recall Agassi hitting a shot directly at Sampras, but not necessarily aiming it directly at Sampras as if to hit him.

    The shot I recall, Agassi returned a serve (deuce side) that Sampras volleyed back down the middle of the court. Agassi was running to the ad side and had to stop and take a cut at the ball as he was wrong-footed. He did crush it from what I remember but it sailed long.

    Laurie, do you recall where in the third set it happened ?
     
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  15. laurie

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    Hi Drak, yes that happened too where Andre was wrong footed.

    But the incident I'm referring too, Andre changed his grip at the last moment to have a go, and as I said the crowd booed so they saw what happened. I haven't watched the match for some time so I can't remember precisely where it happened, but I thnk it was around the 2nd or 3rd game of the 3rd set.
     
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    Woah that was unbelievable tennis!!!
     
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  17. pj80

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    i believe laurie is referring to the point at the 4:45 mark of this clip

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tQjQmEhLyKY
     
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  18. drakulie

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    pj80, thanks for the post. Saved me the trouble of watching the 3rd set when I get home.

    Yeah, I remember that point now. I don't think he was necessarily trying to hit him, rather just blasted off as hard as he could. However, AA was clearly frustrated.
     
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  19. jcstennis

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    Holy Moley!!!! jeez-zoo. Pete's stuff was just filthy! ;)
     
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  20. SamBruin

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    Very nice! Pete in his prime for sure and he seemed to have brought his A+ game that day. I think he could have beat anyone that day easily.. even Federer.
     
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  21. Fred The Red

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    wow, that is great tennis!!!!!

    but i honestly believe that Pete's A+ game would not defeat the
    A+ game of Federer...
     
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  22. tHotGates

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    Will do .... I'm having some tech problems (maybe a personal settings issue though I doubt it) but I will e-mail you soon ... Thanks
     
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