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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 | 02:35
There, there, there.

12.03.2007 | 02:33
Dear Roger
I am so sorry. Not a good day for you. All the very, very best for Miami from us here in the U.K.
12.03.2007 | 02:31
Roger, I just finished watching you at the Pacific Life Open. I hope that the reason you lost was either (1)the problem with your feet or (2)it just wasn't your day. I hope is was not due to you underestimating Canas. I hate to say it but it looks to m
12.03.2007 | 02:27
Dearest Rogi, I'm so sorry for your upset today against Canas. I could see you were not feeling at your best. I hope you get better to defend your title in Miami.
All the best for you,
12.03.2007 | 02:27
Sorry to hear that you lost today. I didn't get to see it. It looks like you didn't have a good serving day. Time to move on and concentrate on the next tournament. All good things have to come to an end. I hope this minor set back will give you added in
12.03.2007 | 02:26
Just been checking your match with Canas in Indian Wells Roger, it's not so bad that you lost...I suppose after 7 successive tournament wins you have to lose sometime. Don't worry champ, prepare properly for Miami, and then the French Open..Good Luck!
12.03.2007 | 02:23
i just can not believe you lost against cañas i mean that´s why you have a lost record with nadal this type of game with heavy balls and shots with a lot of top spin it´s cleary you can´t handle it i´m very disappointed really dude why i just hope you don
12.03.2007 | 02:20
Hi Roger, March 11th, 07
Well, as the Rolling Stones sing:
You can't always get what you want
and I guess today is like that.
Hey, nobody's perfect, and you are human, not a robot.
You were so sweet to autograph the k
12.03.2007 | 02:20
Roger I am a really big fan of yours, but I think the comments you made after practicing with Pete were really petty. "Not good enough to beat me!" Come on Roger! It's just a practice session. "I wanted to beat him in his home". That's ridiculous! H
12.03.2007 | 02:19
You shocked me Rog today, were you hurt during practice time? Canas' shots were just ordinary and nothing compared to your usual tennis . . . I hope you are ok.