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Old 02-18-2013, 11:25 AM   #59
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Originally Posted by abmk View Post
yeah, problem is in the wimbledon 99 final while pete's serving, volleying, ground game were all brilliant , his returning wasn't. it wasn't anywhere near stellar.
Sampras got the crucial breaks, and left Agassi floundering. As Agassi said afterwards "He played very big at the right times, and he's won for a very good reason".

Originally Posted by abmk View Post
agassi's returning, ground game and passing were all very good, but serving ? only 44% first serves in... that simply does not cut it for him against any good grass court player ..

and inspite of that sampras had 'only' 61% of the serves returned

put any excellent server on the other side of the net ... pete would've struggled a lot more ....

contrast to 63% of the serves returned vs a far superior serve & serving performance by stich in wimbledon 92 QF

also I've heard people saying loads of things like he thumped agassi from the baseline & all that .....really ? they were about equal from the baseline ...

and then this one takes the cake :
Oh, come on. Agassi was outplayed in the 1999 Wimbledon final. Sampras delivered where it mattered most in the match, and in a big way. Sampras wasn't like a peak Federer, dominating statistics in virtually all departments. Sampras had periods where he just cruised without doing anything brilliant, but at his best, he struck at the crucial times to get the crucial break, win the crucial point etc. Sampras lived on the edge a lot more, a fine line between brilliant, very good, good, ordinary and poor. Against Agassi in the 1999 Wimbledon final, Sampras was brilliant at nearly all the crucial moments of the match. That's why it's one of Sampras' best ever performances, as was his 1992 Wimbledon quarter final win over defending champion, Stich.

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