Originally Posted by helloworld
When I mean he beat Sampras, I mean he beat Sampras at the Centre Court of Wimbledon, while Sampras was a 7-time defending champ! If it wasn't for Federer, Pete would have had his 8th Wimbledon title easily. Henman, Goran, and Rafter were all Pete's lap dog in the 90s.
I doubt it. Sampras wasn't going to win 2001 Wimbledon unless his form improved considerably. Even Barry Cowan gave him a big scare. And Goran has beaten Sampras at Wimbledon before, serving 36 aces and not even facing a break point during a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 win in their 1992 Wimbledon semi final.
As for Rafter, he frustrated the hell out of Sampras in the summer of 1998, probably more than anyone else ever managed on the tennis court, and Rafter had his chances to go 2 sets up in their 2000 Wimbledon final.