next sampras match to watch

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by newbie123, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. newbie123

    newbie123 Rookie

    Mar 24, 2004
    I just watched the 1990 QF between Sampras and Lendl. Awesome shots from both players, especially for a match played 14 years ago with <85 inch racquets! The end of the second set was amazing, with Sampras's ability to save so many break points and finally win the set. What match shall I watch next? I noticed that in this video, Sampras hit a lot more groundstrokes and they were very solid. However, the video lacked his running forehands, and I wished that there was more intense baseline rallies. Sampras won the majority of his points from volleys or serves. Although there were long rallies, Sampras won most of them through Lendl's unforced errors, but there were some great winners as well. I'm now looking for a match thats later in his career. Are there any great matches that are more modern that involve Sampras hitting a lot of baseline winners? Some suggestions that I've gotten from you guys are:

    1995 Australian Open Sampras vs Courier
    1996 ATP Final Sampras vs Becker
    1995 US Open Sampras vs Agassi
    1995 Australian Open SF Sampras vs Chang
    and some others..but I cant seem to find where to buy them

    Right now Im leaning towards the Australian Open Sampras VS Courier one. Any other suggestions?

  2. degreefanlindi

    degreefanlindi Rookie

    Jun 20, 2004

    Ah what a memorable match. One of the best. Pete has always capitalized on others' unforced errors, in addition to his powerful serve and overhead, in order to win matches.
    I miss some of the longer rallies in mens' tennis these days. The days of serve and volley are long gone it seems, and it is funny to see those smaller framed racquets. I always enjoyed Pete's five set scorcher against Alex know the one where he got nausea on court? That's a classic and featured more of a baseline type of match I think. Try that one.
  3. "I miss some of the longer rallies in mens' tennis these days. The days of serve and volley are long gone it seems,"

  4. OnyxZ28

    OnyxZ28 Hall of Fame

    Sep 14, 2004
    lol, exactly what I was thinking.
  5. AndrewD

    AndrewD Legend

    Dec 11, 2004
    You can't go past the 1995 Australian Open Sampras vs Courier, it is a classic. Not too many matches get that level of play plus that level of emotion. I was lucky enough to be down on court for a good portion of it and I can tell you when I came off court and went into the umpires room you could hear a pin drop. When you see umpteen matches up close every day you don't often watch more tennis on your 45 min break but that one had everyone transfixed.
  6. sliceroni

    sliceroni Professional

    Feb 20, 2004
    Check out the Sampras/Becker match. Two of the best one-two punch combos in the game, high quality S&V bout I've ever seen. Although most points were won at net, both crushed w/ precision from the back. After watching that compare it to the 90 Lendl match, you'll noticed the difference of how the game evolved, much harder struck balls shot for shot, game was noticably quicker.
  7. hungry

    hungry New User

    May 12, 2004
    Better try to find his Wimbledon 1996 QF against Richard Krajicek.

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