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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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