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Laurie 07-09-2011 03:28 PM

2000 Wimbledon final: Sampras v Rafter
 
There's hardly anything on youtube re this match. So I've decided to upload highlights yesterday, basically each set in 15 minute highlights. I've uploaded Sets 1, 2 and 3 so far and will upload set 4 tomorrow.

It's interesting to look at this match in relation to how the game is played now at Wimbledon and the comments that were attributed to Nadal during Wimbledon this year. By the way, it was a great match. Your thoughts on the past and present welcome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLelx4w228E - Set 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOri2C5FAlE - Set 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkkb3K4Paqc - Set 3

I will post set 4 highlights once I upload it

sonicare 07-09-2011 03:33 PM

OMG god bless you

gpt 07-09-2011 03:35 PM

Thanks so much Laurie. Rafter was looking a real chance early in that final

JoelDali 07-09-2011 05:00 PM

So much to love about this match.

Escpecially Rafter's shirt.

hawk eye 07-10-2011 04:03 AM

Is it possible to see Rafter actually hit a groundstroke, not from the return? Especially a FH..

Datacipher 07-10-2011 05:19 AM

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Originally Posted by gpt (Post 5825662)
Thanks so much Laurie. Rafter was looking a real chance early in that final

I believe Sampras was actually pretty badly hurt going into that final...

Not that Rafter wasn't always a tough opponent. An SV that athletic, with an all-court game is nasty on grass, though that grass muted Rafter's kick serve a bit.

Laurie 07-10-2011 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by hawk eye (Post 5826478)
Is it possible to see Rafter actually hit a groundstroke, not from the return? Especially a FH..

I thought KRosero or Moose Mally did stats on this match some time ago, see if I can find it in the vaults.

But in this match Rafter hit less than 5 passing shot winners the entire match (over 3 hours), whereas Sampras hit over 15 passing shot winners. As for return of serve, Sampras hit about 15 returner winners and Rafter hit about 3 in total. Rafter created 2 break point opportunities and Sampras 13 or something similar. The highlights reflect that Rafter's strengths were his serve and athleticism which caused Sampras lots of problems. Other than that, Rafter was outplayed.

Laurie 07-10-2011 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Datacipher (Post 5826532)
I believe Sampras was actually pretty badly hurt going into that final...

Not that Rafter wasn't always a tough opponent. An SV that athletic, with an all-court game is nasty on grass, though that grass muted Rafter's kick serve a bit.

His shin, he took injections before the match but it wore off after 2 hours. He was advised not to take another injection during the long rain delay because that was dangerous, after that break Rafter had an opportunity to take advantage because Sampras wasn't hiiting the ball as clean and was suffering from nerves (lots of double faulting at bad moments).

By the way, Rafter's kick serve was just fine on the grass. It was taking a lot of kick indeed.

accidental 07-10-2011 03:35 PM

To me the turning point was when Rafter led 4.1 in the second set tiebreak, only for Sampras to win it something like 10-8

Sampras looked quite nervous up to that point since he was going for the slam record with this win but after he managed to steal that set and avoid going down 2 sets to love he really started to play much better and more freely

If Rafter got that tiebreak he may have won the whole thing in straight sets

leonidas1982 07-10-2011 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Datacipher (Post 5826532)
I believe Sampras was actually pretty badly hurt going into that final...

Not that Rafter wasn't always a tough opponent. An SV that athletic, with an all-court game is nasty on grass, though that grass muted Rafter's kick serve a bit.

He didn't practice during the fortnight, and had to take injections for his shins.

krosero 07-10-2011 04:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Laurie (Post 5827236)
I thought KRosero or Moose Mally did stats on this match some time ago, see if I can find it in the vaults.

But in this match Rafter hit less than 5 passing shot winners the entire match (over 3 hours), whereas Sampras hit over 15 passing shot winners. As for return of serve, Sampras hit about 15 returner winners and Rafter hit about 3 in total. Rafter created 2 break point opportunities and Sampras 13 or something similar.

Here you go: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=204839

BeHappy 07-10-2011 05:13 PM

Fantastic! How about the 1999 final some day? The 1999 agassi and the 1992 courier finals both had amazing rallies. They show that Sampras was definitively the best player in the world, either at the net or from the back.

Datacipher 07-10-2011 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by BeHappy (Post 5827665)
1992 courier .

1993, and yes, hard to believe but Sampras's all-court abilities are actually highly underrated on this forum!

kreative 07-10-2011 05:23 PM

wow, thanks for uploading!

Sid_Vicious 07-10-2011 07:52 PM

Thank you very much, sir.

2kJosh 07-10-2011 08:03 PM

this match is great i have the dvd

rolandg 07-10-2011 11:15 PM

Rafter really choked that second set tie break away

Laurie 07-11-2011 03:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krosero (Post 5827593)

Thanks

I see comments from my "first career" on Tennis Warehouse there.

Laurie 07-11-2011 03:44 AM

Set 4 highlights. One more part to come

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LAaWFDIRqI

gpt 07-11-2011 04:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rolandg (Post 5828189)
Rafter really choked that second set tie break away

He admits that himself in an interview I saw a few years ago....


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