Australian Open & Pete Sampras

The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is a retired American tennis player and former world no. 5.0/5

Australian Open Pete Sampras Roger Federer Grand Slam Rafael Nadal Andre Agassi Stanislas Wawrinka Novak Djokovic French Open Rod Laver Open Era Tomas Berdych Roland Garros Melbourne Park Roy Emerson Ivan Lendl Mark Philippoussis Pat Cash Cup Final Arthur Ashe

I love that Australian Open outfit is totally a throwback to the Pete Sampras era. 90s are truly back.
Here is Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras before their 1995 Australian Open final!
A versatile player, Novak Djokovic has won six Grand Slam titles, including three in a superlative 2011 season that saw him capture 10 tournament titles overall, post an ATP-best 70-6 record and seize the No. 1 ranking. In 2012, The world No. 1 added to his legacy in fighting back from a 2-4 fifth-set deficit to defeat Rafal Nadal, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5, and capture his third Australian Open championship in the longest Grand Slam final in history — a five hour, 53-minute epic. It was Djokovic's seventh straight win over Nadal and came after his five-set triumph over Andy Murray in the semifinals, marking the first time he had won back-to-back five-set matches. Djokovic became the fifth man in the Open Era to win three straight majors, joining Nadal, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rod Laver.  The top-seeded Serbian beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-6, to collect his third career Miami title without surrendering a set. It was Djokovic's 30th career title, including his 11th Masters crown, tying him with Pe ...
Pete Sampras is currently in Melbourne, invited by Tennis Australia as a guest of honor to present the Men's Singles Championship trophies at the Australian Open on Sunday. On Friday, the day of th...
Seven years ago, a precocious 20 year old named Rafael Nadal took to Rod Laver Arena to face an emerging star in Stanislas Wawrinka, in the third round of the 2007 Australian Open. In what would be the first of 12 encounters between the Spaniard and the Swiss, Nadal has dominated the FedEx ATP Head2Head, having yet to relinquish a set. Wawrinka, however, has made inroads in recent meetings, particularly on hard courts, and will be looking to play spoiler when they battle for the 2014 crown in Melbourne on Sunday. This will undoubtedly be Wawrinka’s greatest challenge, but the Swiss is up to the test and is no stranger to pulling off the big upset on the big stage, less than a week removed from stunning three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in a pulsating quarter-final affair. “I’m at the top of my career,” Wawrinka said. “Already last year I had the feeling that I was playing better, but I was dealing better with the pressure also. I’m more mature. I’m 28 now. I’m on the tour since ...
Australian Open: Rafael Nadal bids to tie Pete Sampras, Stanislas Wawrinka in the way: American great Sampras ...
This Sunday will almost surely put Rafael Nadal's mark of Slam Championships at 14, tying the immortal Pete Sampras and putting him a mere three titles from catching Roger Federer for the all time lead, and this is something most people are choosing not to discuss openly in public, most likely due to the fact that Federer is still playing competitively. With respects to Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Björn Borg, and Jimmy Conners, most experts would rank these three, in some order, as tennis's all-time great players. However, a further review would put the order in a rather surprising fashion. First, a look at Slam wins. Federer has won the Australian Open four times, Roland Garros once, Wimbledon seven times, and the US Open five times, for a total of 17 Slam victories. Sampras has won the Australian twice, never the French, seven Wimbledons, and five US Opens, for a total of 14. Assuming Nadal wins on Sunday as the heavy favorite against even a confident Wawrinka, he would be the holder of two Australian Open ...
Rohit at Australian Open: Wawrinka a changed man in search of a miracle Sports | Updated today at 03:47 PM By Rohit Brijnath In Melbourne Persist. Sweat. Evolve. Reinvent. If four words define an Open, these might qualify. Here, in a Melbourne January, was further proof that talent cannot stand still, risk must be taken and second chances do exist. Li Na, 31, altered her grip on her serve and her thinking on court. Stan Wawrinka, 28, has laced his game with a sterner aggression and looks a refreshed player. Roger Federer, 32, has healed his body and courted the net and looks relatively sharper. Ana Ivanovic discovered a newer version of self-belief and Dominka Cibulkova has re-found her finest self five years after a French Open semi-final. Change for the athlete, who is a creature of faithful routine, requires faith and warrants courage. Often the technique they use and style they adopt has worked well enough. Yet risk lies at the heart of greatness. Li explained this perfectly when she said, after years ...
Pete Sampras on Rafa: Tennis legend Pete Sampras described Rafael Nadal as "incredible" after watching the world number one live for the first time at the Australian Open. Nadal, 27, faces Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final, and a win will see him equal Sampras's 14 Grand Slam titles. "I think he's incredible," Sampras told BBC Sport. "I saw him play live for the first time on Friday night and the movement he has is incredible." "He's able to adjust his shots on the run. I've never seen anything like it." Sampras, 42, ended his career in 2002 with a record 14 major singles titles, only for Roger Federer to surpass him and amass 17 in his career to date. And Nadal is widely expect to draw level with the American on Sunday when he takes on Federer's fellow Swiss Wawrinka, playing in his first major final. Sampras arrived in Melbourne on Friday in time to see the Spaniard beat Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals. "To see him play - he hits a very heavy ball, serves pretty well, he does everything," ...
Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Pete Sampras says he has "never seen anything like" Rafael Nadal after watching the Spaniard play live for the first time in his Australian Open semi-final win over Roger Federer.
"Rafael Nadal" beat Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to the Australian Open final[2014]. Nadal is now second on the list of players reaching Grand Slam finals, joining Ivan Lendl on 19 -- Federer leads the list with 24. Another Grand Slam title would lift Nadal to equal second on the all-time list with Pete Sampras, who was in the crowd for the match. "I tried a few things ... then again, Rafa does a good job of neutralizing you," Federer said. "So I guess at times I couldn't quite do what I wanted to do, but that's because of Rafa."
Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to reach the Australian Open tennis final, where he can tie Pete Sampras with his 14th major title. The top seed won 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 yesterday to set up the match with Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in Melbourne. Federer will also cede his No. 1 Swiss ranking to Wawrinka. Catch it live tomorrow night at Inn Forty-Seven!!
It’s not easy to discuss just who is the greatest of all time, especially when your own name is in the mix. Just ask Pete Sampras. - 2014 Australian Open Tennis Championships
Due to a case of having the stupid, I missed the Federer-Nadal game last night. 12:30 AM PST on Friday is actually Thursday night. Hmmm! But, glad that Nadal won. If he wins the Australian Open, he's gonna be the first man to win all two slams TWICE and will go on to win his 14th. We all know the 15th (French) is already his (as long as he's not injured). Someone's catching up on all the slams. For those who said "Federer has more slams than anyone else, hence GOAT", here's a question. Hypothetically speaking, if Nadal wins 3 more in the next few years, will he auto-magically surpass Federer as the Greatest Of All Time? That's been my only beef with arguments about someone being the greatest of all time based on just the number of cups they've won. Does rivalry count for nothing? Pete Sampras had Andre Agassi on his *** throughout his career. Borg had McEnroe, Connors had Borg, Lendl had Becker. For a major part of his career, Roger Federer had Lleyton Hewitt. Does that sound like a fair comparison at all ...
If Rafael Nadal wins the Australian Open, he'll tie Pete Sampras for 2nd all-time in Grand Slam titles with 14 (3 behind Roger Federer's record of 17). He'll also be just the 3rd men's tennis player all-time to win all four majors twice. And he'll likely win the French Open for the 9th time this year putting him just two behind Federer's record. Hard to call Federer the greatest of all-time if he ends up not even being the best of his own era.
Blistering Nadal bursts Federer's bubble as Spaniard plays through the pain to reach Aussie Open final. Rafael Nadal put himself in sight of making yet more history as a brutally effective performance abruptly halted Roger Federer's revival at the Australian Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard is one victory away from becoming the first player in the modern era to win each Grand Slam twice after beating the great Swiss 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final. Watched by two all-time greats, Rod Laver and Pete Sampras, he knocked over another by registering his fifth consecutive win over Federer. Not even the continuing problems with blisters on the palm of his left hand could divert him from his task, and they are unlikely to stop him winning Sunday's final against the tournament's surprise package Stanislas Wawrinka, over who he has a 12-0 career record. A win would put him level with Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles. A year ago Nadal was still waiting to make his comeback from long-term knee problems, yet here is, ...
Australian Open highlights: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer to set up final with Stanislas Wawrinka NDTVSports | Updated: January 24, 2014 17:39 IST Catch the highlights of the Australian Open semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at Melbourne Park. 17.02 (IST): So, Nadal eases past a resurgent Federer to enter another Australian Open final where Stanislas Wawrinka awaits him, having beaten defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarters and Tomas Berdych in the semis. The chance of an all-Swiss final goes begging but can the high-flying Swiss get the better of Nadal and claim his first Grand Slam victory? Or will Nadal continue his form and win his 14th major to go on par with Pete Sampras? 17.00 (IST): FACTOID: Rafael Nadal's dominance over Roger Federer continued as he has now claimed as many as 23 wins over his Swiss compatriot, more than any other opponent. 16.59 (IST): Nadal: Wawrinka is playing very well and he will come to the final with a lot of confidence after beating Novak Djoko ...
World Tennis Day Showdown participants Andre Agassi, Pat Cash, Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras combined to reach the Australian Open final 13 times, winning a total of eight titles. See them all March 3 at Earls Court.
Saturday's AAMI Classic final will see world No.7 Tomas Berdych take on world No.17 Kei Nishikori, both vying for the coveted Lew Hoad trophy and a place on an honour roll that boasts the likes of Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Michael Chang and Pat Cash. Berdych has progressed through the tournament unbeaten while Nishikori has lost only one of the three matches he's played. The popular Japanese player said he was keen to emulate the achievements of his coach Chang. "Michael won this event three times in the 1990s and I would love to get my name on the AAMI Classic honour roll as well," he said. Nishikori and Berdych are looking to use this final match as a final tune-up ahead of next week's Australian Open. The AAMI Classic action will open at 1pm with Australian rising stars Ben Mitchell and Luke Saville playing a showcase match on Centre Court.
Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare Grand Slam appearance to present the Australian Open Men's trophy
West Coast boy Pete Sampras often brought Hollywood-style drama to the tennis court, but never more memorably than on the night at the 1995 Australian Open when he played Jim Courier in a quarter-final. Earlier that day, Sampras's coach, Tim Gullikson, had flown home from Melbourne having suffered his third stroke within three months, a manifestation of the brain cancer that would kill him. Sampras was in a bad enough way with blistered feet that needed attention three times during the five, ultra-competitive sets. What really cracked up Sampras, though, was when in the fifth set with the time well past midnight a spectator yelled: 'Win it for your coach, Pete!' Sampras began to weep and Courier shouted across: 'You all right, Peter? We can do this tomorrow, you know.' It was tomorrow and Sampras wanted to keep going. It was 1.09am when they eventually finished walloping each other to a standstill, Sampras winning 6-7 (4-7) 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4 6-3.
Nadal has chance to make history By SAPA Paris – Rafael Nadal can become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times at the French Open with few willing to risk talking down the rejuvenated Spaniard's chances. Having pulled clear of Bjorn Borg's record of six wins at Roland Garros with a seventh championship in 2012, the 26-year-old has already confounded the critics who had written him off during a seventh-month injury absence. Since his return to the tour in February, Nadal has shaken off the heartbreak of missing the Olympics, as well as the US and Australian Opens, to collect six titles from eight finals. Super-charged by that astonishing run, Nadal now has the opportunity to genuinely confirm himself as one of the greats of the sport. No man has ever collected more than seven titles at the same major. Roy Emerson, with six, is the Australian Open's most successful while William Renshaw, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer all triumphed at Wimbledon seven times each. Bill Larned, Bill Tild ...
Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player who as of November 2012 is ranked World No. 2 by the ATP. Many sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider Federer the greatest tennis player of all time.He owns several men's world records of the Open Era: holding the World No.1 position for 302 weeks overall; a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008;winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times. He is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of three (with Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal) to do so separately on clay, grass, and hard courts. Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles). Federer's ATP tournament r ...
BIERTHDAYS: Gisela Dulko (born 30 January 1985, in Buenos Aires) a retired professional tennis player from Argentina. Although she enjoyed a modest success in singles, reaching world no. 26, and winning four WTA Tour titles; her speciality has been doubles, where she has been a world no. 1 player. Partnering with Flavia Pennetta, Dulko won the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Australian Open in doubles. Also, Dulko reached the mixed doubles final at the 2011 US Open, with Edward Schwank. She is remembered for her ability to upset the big names on the tour, such as Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round of Wimbledon in 2009; and Samantha Stosur in the 3rd round of Roland Garros in 2011. Dulko retired from professional tennis on 18 November 2012, aged 27. Her last singles ranking was no. 306. Coached by brother Alejandro; started playing tennis at age 7 after watching him ... Mother is Ana; father Estanislao is deceased ... Married Fernando Gago at a ceremony in Buenos Aires in July 2011 ... Favorite surf ...
BIRTHDAYS: Marat Safin born January 27, 1980 is a Russian politician and retired tennis player of Tatar ethnicity. Safin won two Grand Slam tournaments and reached the World No. 1 ranking during his career. He was also famous for his emotional outbursts and sometimes fiery temper on court. Safin also holds the record for most broken racquets in a year with 87. Safin is the older brother of former World No. 1 WTA player Dinara Safina. They are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No. 1 rankings.[2][3] Safin began his professional career in 1997, and held the No. 1 world ranking for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001. He won his first Grand Slam title at the 2000 U.S. Open after defeating Pete Sampras, and won the 2005 Australian Open, defeating Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the final. Safin helped lead Russia to Davis Cup victories in 2002 and 2006. Despite his dislike of grass courts, he became the first Russian man to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon at ...
World Sports News Serena to pass Martina, Evert: Davenport Former world No.1 Lindsay Davenport believes all-conquering compatriot Serena Williams will surpass Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to become the most successful American tennis player of all time. Davenport suspects Williams will run out of time and fall short in her pursuit of Australian Margaret Smith Court's record of 24 singles majors, but says the 31-year-old will eclipse the 18 of Navratilova and Evert. Williams, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion, has 15 slams - one more than retired men's legend Pete Sampras - and is a hot favourite to claim a sweet 16th at Melbourne Park this week. "I think she will win three this year and get alongside Martina and Chris," Davenport told AAP ahead of Williams' Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday against fellow American Sloane Stephens. "When all is said and done, I think she will end up with right around 20. "So I guess she has about five more in her if I had to guess now. "Age and in ...
Which tennis player reached six consecutive Australian Open finals – winning the first three and losing the rest? Was it Steffi Graf, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi or Martina Hingis? Answer this and other questions in our Kia Quiz of the Day at www.espnstar.com/kia! You can also catch up on all the news and videos from Day 8 of the 2013 Australian Open, presented to you by Kia.
The only other athlete I ever saw play in tears was Pete Sampras in an Australian Open match several years back.
During the fifth set of the 1995 Australian Open Men's Singles quarterfinal, Pete Sampras (USA) suddenly became emotional and fought back tears on court as o...
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