Pete Sampras reacts during the match.
The retired U.S. tennis legend Pete Sampras defeats current world No.1
Roger Federer 7-6 and 6-4 in the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, the last
stop of their Asian exhibition match tour in Macao on Saturday.
MACAO, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The retired U.S. tennis
legend Pete Sampras shocked the present World No. 1 Roger Federer Saturday by
7-6, 6-4 in the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, the last stop of their Asian
exhibition match tour.
"I guess it's one for the old guys," Sampras joked at
the award ceremony. He said at the press conference later on, "I made it
competitive and I am serving very well."
"Pistol Pete" displays his trademark serves and
volleys Saturday. The former world top player won the first set on a tie-break
by 10-8 when neither player could reach a break of serve.
Sampras got the first but vital break of the match at
4-4 in the second set and went straight for the victory by 6-4.
"It's been tough beating my childhood hero, but I am
happy he got me at least once, " said Federer. The first two matches in the
series of three were won by Federer 6-4, 6-3 in Seoul and 7-6, 7-6in Kuala
Lumpur earlier this week.
"Sorry to disappoint you, but I am not coming back, "
Sampras said when asked about whether he would return from retirement.
36-year-old Sampras, who retired from professional
tennis five years ago, had won a record 14 Grand Slams. 26-year-old Federer, who
owns 12 titles, is expected to break the mark in 2008.
The two met only once before on the ATP tour, in the
fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001 when Federer defeated Sampras in five sets.
The Asian tour gained worldwide attention and 12,000
seats for the Venetian Macao Tennis exhibition match were sold out in a few
Sampras closes gap, Federer hangs on
Roger Federer (R) of Switzerland poses
with Pete Sampras of U.S. after their tennis invitational exhibition match
in Kuala Lumpur Nov. 22, 2007. (Reuters Photo)
BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The third time may be
the charm for a stubborn Pete Sampras after the Grand Slam record holder closed
the gap on world No. 1 Roger Federer in a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) loss in the second of
three exhibition matches, which took place Thursday in Kuala Lumpur,
The top-ranked Swiss star won their last encounter
6-4, 6-3 in South Korea on Tuesday.
Federer fights Sampras in exhibition
Pete Sampras shakes hands
with Roger Federer during their invitational exhibition match in
Seoul Tuesday. The Swiss won 6-4, 6-3.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BEIJING, Nov. 21 -- In an exhibition match between the
giants of tennis present and past, world No. 1 Roger Federer defeated Pete
Sampras in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The match in Seoul is the first of three Asian exhibitions the two legends will play. The pair meet again tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur before heading to Macau two days later.