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Two tennis Greats in training

11.03.2007 | Tennis

They only faced each other one single time on the Tour – in Wimbledon in 2001 – Roger taking home the match 7-5 in the fifth set. Last Wednesday in Los Angeles, Roger and Pete Sampras, winners of 24 Grand Slam Titles among them, met again on a tennis court for a training session. Here is Roger’s report:

 

How does Pete play nowadays?

It might sound surprising but he still plays very well. But not well enough to beat me (laughs).

 

Could you tell us more about the session together?

It was great. I knew I’d be travelling to Los Angeles and thought about whom I could meet there. So I called Pete and asked if he was interested. His answer was “yes, of course!”; I was excited. As a kid he had been one of my favourite players, so I wanted to learn more about his game. Defeating him in Wimbledon had been special to me. I wanted to try to beat him at home this time. So it was most enjoyable that we were able to organise this training session. It could be great to play an exhibition match sometime soon, but we will see what happens. Anyhow, I must say that he still plays very well.

 

Did you play some sets?

Yes, we played games, sets and tie-breaks.

 

What was the score?

I can’t tell you but we had a great time.

 

 

 

 

 
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12.03.2007 | 09:20
glad to hear that u could play with ur one of ur fav players =)
12.03.2007 | 08:41
Great match!!!! it's incredible 24 Grand Slams togheter in one court.........wow!!!!!!!Roger and Pete two fantastic players
12.03.2007 | 07:02
Roger,

Leave the past in the past. Stay focus in your tennis. You really missed a great opportunity to break another world record. I love seat in front of TV and watch you playing tennis but today you were unrecognizable. Again, leave the past in the p
12.03.2007 | 06:59
you're the best roger! keep it up! stay humble!

cheers!
12.03.2007 | 06:07
I am more stunned to see what Roger's "fans" are writing than his loast against Canas. If any of you had won 41 matches consequestively than you may comment otherwise rather keep it to yourself. If you read the transcript of Roger's interview on goroger.n
12.03.2007 | 06:06
Keep showing us that beautiful smile of yours, Roger,
We are with you all the way
Love always
Sarah*
12.03.2007 | 06:03
A bit old news today
But who cares

GO ROGER GO you are the BEST
Silvy
12.03.2007 | 05:05
RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ROGER IS A HUMAN TOO, OR WHAT YOU (GUYS TALKING BAD ABOUT HIM) DON'T MAKE MISTAKES?????. JUST BECAUSE HE IS GREAT DOESN'T MEAN HE IS PERFECT. ALL RIGHT. GIVE HIM A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12.03.2007 | 05:05
Awww Roger, sounds like you two had a great time! That's wonderful!

Love and hugs,
Cori USA
12.03.2007 | 05:04
TOO MUCH PRACTICE WITH SAMPRAS!!! COME ON!!! LOST WITH CAÑAS??? INCREDIBLE!!