Originally Posted by abmk
lol, wut ? sampras avged 103 mph on his 2nd serve vs hewitt, not 85 mph...hewitt was in the zone in the SF and the final and he handled sampras easily ... it was sampras' tough draw (rafter, agassi & safin ) that made him vulnerable ...
it didn't have that much to do with the SF and F on consecutive days ( he had only a ~2 hr match vs safin in the SF )
even with an easier draw for sampras, it'd have been closer, but hewitt would still have beaten him ....
and if anything the back-to-back SF-F format helped sampras in 2002 when the SF vs hewitt tired agassi ...
no, he didn't, that was in 2000 when he beat hewitt in straights
vs hewitt 2001 he was 110 mph on 1st and 95 mph on 2nd
compare that with previous 3 rounds
vs rafter 120 on 1st, 103 on 2nd
vs agassi 115 on 1st, 105 on 2nd
vs safin 116 on 1st, 102 on 2nd
vs hewitt in 2000 118 on 1st, 103 on 2nd
huge drop in speed for 2001 final
i think this clearly shows that sampras was dead tired in 2001 F - add hewitt's in the zone play and you get double breadstick
put sampras from 2000 sf against 2001 hewitt and it would be close (say, 60-40 that hewitt wins, but in a competitive match)