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Old 12-13-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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kucera was always a player who could threaten. just wasn't focused or interested enough to do it constantly

taking nothing away from his performance, which was great

sampras was just weird for the whole of the AO 98. i don't know exactly what it was, but he looked and played as if not really interested. he also looked exhausted

despite being the defending champion, he didn't look at all like he was a shoe-in to defend it

perhaps being cheated out of a 3 slam year in 97 by a doping korda affected him, i don't know

but in mid-late 97 his serve went up a notch, his volleys were subtle and touch, the forehand was lethal on any hard court

it's strange, but in hindsight it was a strange year for sampras

that AO was a hint
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