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GS 08-17-2011 12:33 PM

Sampras' rivals. Who beat him?
 
Just finished reading Pete's book, "A Champion's Mind"---it was pretty good.
Without doing an internet search, what 5 players do you think had a winning head-to-head match record against him? Yes, Krajicek was one of em. The 4 others are alittle surprising.

HBK4life 08-17-2011 12:47 PM

Sergi Bruguera I think does.

fed_rulz 08-17-2011 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GS (Post 5909429)
Just finished reading Pete's book, "A Champion's Mind"---it was pretty good.
Without doing an internet search, what 5 players do you think had a winning head-to-head match record against him? Yes, Krajicek was one of em. The 4 others are alittle surprising.

Michael Stich
Hewitt
haarhuis
paes

GS 08-17-2011 01:08 PM

Yep---Krajicek, Bruguera, Hewitt, and Stich.
There's one other guy.
(Sorry, I'm talking about singles, not doubles.)

scotus 08-17-2011 01:30 PM

The Magician Santoro

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Just found out Santoro is actually 3-4 against Pete

scotus 08-17-2011 01:31 PM

Paul Annacone

Career head to head: Annacone 1, Sampras 0

fed_rulz 08-17-2011 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GS (Post 5909557)
Yep---Krajicek, Bruguera, Hewitt, and Stich.
There's one other guy.
(Sorry, I'm talking about singles, not doubles.)

Leander Paes beat Pete Sampras in singles, not doubles (new haven 1998)

Tilden1893 08-17-2011 01:56 PM

If we go by just grass...

Ready for this one?

Alex Corretja! 1-0

AND it was best of 5

AND the match WAS 5 sets!

GS 08-17-2011 02:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fed_rulz (Post 5909701)
Leander Paes beat Pete Sampras in singles, not doubles (new haven 1998)

Ah, Pete didn't mention this in his book! (I guess he didn't consider him a rival.)
But, there's one other guy who beat Pete in singles---Pete won 3 matches, but this guy won 4.
Kuerten came close---Pete beat him twice, and Guga beat him once. Ferreira came close, too---Pete beat him 7 times against Wayne's 6 wins.

World Beater 08-17-2011 02:17 PM

Marat Safin.

4-3

Mustard 08-17-2011 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GS (Post 5909429)
Just finished reading Pete's book, "A Champion's Mind"---it was pretty good.
Without doing an internet search, what 5 players do you think had a winning head-to-head match record against him? Yes, Krajicek was one of em. The 4 others are alittle surprising.

Bruguera, Stich, Krajicek, Federer, Hewitt and Safin. There's also Paes.

GS 08-17-2011 02:20 PM

Yep, Safin is the 5th guy.

Mustard 08-17-2011 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GS (Post 5909780)
Yep, Safin is the 5th guy.

There's more than 5, though.

1. Sergi Bruguera (2-3)
2. Michael Stich (4-5)
3. Richard Krajicek (4-6)
4. Roger Federer (0-1)
5. Lleyton Hewitt (4-5)
6. Marat Safin (3-4)
7. Leander Paes (0-1)

There's also, looking at my notes.

Derrick Rostagno (1-2)
Jay Berger (0-1)
Christo Van Rensburg (1-2)
Yannick Noah (0-1)
Paul Haarhuis (1-3)
Gilbert Schaller (0-1)
Christian Saceanu (0-1)
Max Mirnyi (1-2)
George Bastl (0-1)
Andy Roddick (1-2)

GS 08-17-2011 02:35 PM

There's one other non-rival that beat Pete---Mark Keil, star of that "Journeymen" documentary. Mark beat him at Queen's Club in 1991.

Mustard 08-17-2011 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GS (Post 5909826)
There's one other non-rival that beat Pete---Mark Keil, star of that "Journeymen" documentary. Mark beat him at Queen's Club in 1991.

Oh yes, and Mark Keil. Sorry, Mark.

TMF 08-17-2011 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fed_rulz (Post 5909487)
Michael Stich
Hewitt
haarhuis
paes

If we include Hewitt, then we can add

Roddick
Safin
Federer

Tilden1893 08-17-2011 10:05 PM

Rostagno's was at the Big W in 1991, IIRC.

Tilden1893 08-17-2011 10:06 PM

One of Rostagno wins was @ the big W of 1991, IIRC!

GS 08-18-2011 07:55 AM

Sorry, this thread was supposed to be about Pete's rivals that had a winning record against him, not lesser ranked players at the time.
Pete also had winning records against Becker (12-7), Edberg (8-6), Chang (12-8), Ivanisevic (12-6), Lendl (5-3), and Philippoussis (7-3).

BrooklynNY 08-18-2011 02:12 PM

Also, since its the topic of rivals, I would think one would need to play more than 3 times to qualify as any sort of rivalry, for seems like it it's a fair number because if you play 3 times, someone doesn't have a chance to level it at 2-2.

I would include Hewitt, and not include Roddick, by that standard.

Also, you'd have to discount any 1-0 records, because they do not qualify as a rival.
Federer was Pete's rival in the same way that Paul Annacone was.


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