2001 Wimbledon: Changing of the Guard

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    Swiss teen Federer ends Sampras' Wimbledon run

    July 02, 2001

    Roger Federer held on to dethrone Pete Sampras in five sets.

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Defeated and dethroned, a somber Pete Sampras lingered at his changeover chair, engulfed by cheers that weren't for him.

    With no trophy to collect, Sampras instead picked up three sweaty towels, stuffed them into his tennis bag and slung it over his shoulder. Then, head down, he slowly followed Roger Federer toward the exit, reluctantly departing Wimbledon.

    Federer showed his former idol the door with a sensational performance Monday, winning 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5. The fourth-round thriller ended Sampras' remarkable reign -- at least for the moment.

    "You know something so great isn't going to last forever," the seven-time champion said. "Today I just came up a little bit short."

    Sampras had won 31 consecutive Wimbledon matches and 56 of his past 57. The defeat, his first at the All England Club since a quarterfinal loss to Richard Krajicek in 1996, ended his bid for a record-tying fifth consecutive title.

    The result also marked a breakthrough for Federer, 19, in his Centre Court debut. The Swiss youngster has been considered a potential Grand Slam champion since winning the Wimbledon juniors title three years ago.

    "I lost to a really, really good player," Sampras said. "He played great. He came up with some really good stuff at huge times."

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