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Sampras Plans To Be There When Federer Breaks Slam Record

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LONDON -- Pete Sampras remains confident that Roger Federer will beat his record for most career Grand Slam singles titles.

In fact, Sampras plans to be sitting among Federer's most vocal supporters when he does win a 15th career major -- even if that requires a lengthy flight to Melbourne, Australia.

Federer has 12 Grand Slam titles, two behind Sampras' record.

If Federer won a sixth straight Wimbledon title next month and a fifth consecutive U.S. Open title in September, he would be aiming for No. 15 at the Australian Open in January.

"There is a burning desire in Roger to break my record, and when he does it I would like to be there," Sampras said Thursday. "I said to Roger, 'Just make sure it's in New York or London. Australia is a long way to go. [But] if it worked out like that, I would fly there.'

"I would just let him enjoy it as his moment but [I would want to be there] just to respect the record and what he was able to do and to just say, 'Congratulations."

Despite Federer's loss to No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, Sampras is confident the Swiss star will bounce back at the All England Club.

"He's created this monster of winning so many tournaments and so many majors and doing it with ease," Sampras said in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "As great as Roger is, he's going to have his losses and his bad days. It's just human nature to go through some lulls."

That doesn't mean he has lost his edge, Sampras said.

"In the majors, he's still the guy that's most likely to win them," Sampras said. "He's lost a couple and, if anything, that'll do him some good. It'll get him going and fired up. He'll be just fine."

The 36-year-old Sampras was speaking from BlackRock Tour of Champions, where he makes his debut Thursday in Brazil against Thomas Muster.

But Sampras will find it hard not thinking of Wimbledon, which begins Monday, and where he captured half of his career majors.

"I think if I were to step back on that court at Wimbledon it would bring up a lot of emotion," Sampras said. "Just because of what the place meant to me and how big it was to the sport of tennis."
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Re: Sampras Plans To Be There When Federer Breaks Slam Record

He'll be there hoping Fed falls and breaks a leg.
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Class act all the way. He could probably win a few rounds next week if he played.. I watched the replay of his 2001 match with Fed the other night and it was awesome. Some of the best grass court tennis I've ever seen...
Just wish these guys had been in their 20s at the same time.

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Good for Pete, I think him and Roger really get along. Roger respects Pete big time too.

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Class act all the way. He could probably win a few rounds next week if he played.. I watched the replay of his 2001 match with Fed the other night and it was awesome. Some of the best grass court tennis I've ever seen...
Just wish these guys had been in their 20s at the same time.
yeah....quite unfortunate one was past his prime, and the other had not matured yet.

but better then nothing. still feel blessed to be able to see that match.

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he just wants to reiterate that he still got the record.
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or simply because he believe its never gonna happen
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Re: Sampras Plans To Be There When Federer Breaks Slam Record

Well, although the cynics prefer to see it differently, I prefer to see it as Pete says it - that if and when the moment comes, he wants to be there to share in the moment and show his respect and appreciation for the new record holder.

Which I think is a lovely gesture.
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Sweet of Pete, you can tell he knows what Roger is going through.

Ever since he met Roger and spent some time with him, he turned into a huge Fedtard, it's really cute.
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Lets say he goes to the final before the supposed 15th GS win, but what if Fed loses, will Pete go again when Fed plays GS final?
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He'll be there hoping Fed falls and breaks a leg.
LOL

That's what you want........

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Lets say he goes to the final before the supposed 15th GS win, but what if Fed loses, will Pete go again when Fed plays GS final?
If I had a guess, it would be yes. Pete can afford a few flights once he's sure Fed is in the final. I'm sure only the trip down under would get to be a pain. It's not like he's not used to doing some traveling..

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3 more GS. In fact, that's very possible

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Well, although the cynics prefer to see it differently, I prefer to see it as Pete says it - that if and when the moment comes, he wants to be there to share in the moment and show his respect and appreciation for the new record holder.

Which I think is a lovely gesture.
My thoughts too. Both great guys
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Well, although the cynics prefer to see it differently, I prefer to see it as Pete says it - that if and when the moment comes, he wants to be there to share in the moment and show his respect and appreciation for the new record holder.

Which I think is a lovely gesture.


Nearly six years into retirement, and Pete still proves how much of a class act he is. Very nice to see, even if I'll need a hankie when it happens.
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