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Federer's hitting partner in IW: Pete Sampras

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When Roger Federer came into Southern California, he was thinking who would be a good hitting partner. The answer was easy: Pete Sampras. Federer said he got a chance to hit against the man he's chasing. Federer woudln't give a score, but made it clear he beat Sampras. They could have sold tickets for that. Lets hope Federer did a good enough job of preparing Sampras for the senior tour.

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Re: Federer's hitting partner in IW: Pete Sampras

lets hope the old geezer didn't mess up Roger's form
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Re: Federer's hitting partner in IW: Pete Sampras

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Federer Tunes Up With Sampras
Roger Federer revealed in his pre-tournament press conference Friday that he had practiced with Pete Sampras in Los Angeles in the lead-up to the Pacific Life Open.

Federer and Sampras met just once on the ATP circuit - in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001 when Federer won 7-5 in the fifth set.

Here is what Federer had to say about their practice sessions this week:

Q. I'm not sure I heard you correctly. You say you practiced with Pete?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, we hit together for two days.

Q. How did he play?
ROGER FEDERER: Very good, surprisingly. Very good, you know. Not good enough to beat me (laughing).


Q. If you could describe a little bit about playing with Pete. I mean, you get some flashes of his great shots, the winning forehand. What was it like?
ROGER FEDERER: That was great. Well, I knew I was coming to L.A., so I'm kind of thinking, who's around in L.A.? So, I rang up Pete and said, "Any chance?"
He was like, "Yeah, sure."
I'm totally excited. So right away I had the idea, anyway seeing how good he plays because he was one of my favorite players, when I was growing up and beating him in his backyard in Wimbledon was so special to me. I wanted to try to -- I wanted to beat him in his house. So it was very enjoyable to actually hit with him. It would be kind of cool to maybe play an exhibition against him. We'll see. But he was playing very well.

Q. Did you play some sets or?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, we did play some games and sets and tiebreaks and --

Q. What was the score?
ROGER FEDERER: Can't tell you. But it was good fun.

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He sounds like a kid in a sweet shop, doesn't he! lol
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Wow, that's a hitting session I would pay as much as for a USO final
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Q. How did he play?
ROGER FEDERER: Very good, surprisingly. Very good, you know. Not good enough to beat me (laughing).
It would be great to see sampras play Queens or WImbledon... Also a Sampras- Fed exhibition would kick ass...

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Sweet. I'd pay good money to see an exo.

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I love when he says 'I beat him at wimby and now i want to beat him in his back yard"
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Q. How did he play?
ROGER FEDERER: Very good, surprisingly. Very good, you know. Not good enough to beat me (laughing).
I can totally hear Roger giving the evil laugh right here: "MWUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!"
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^ Yeah, I thought that was great. "I beat him in his backyard, and now I want to beat him in his house."
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A heads up :

Pete always used to practise on a back court at the La Quinta hotel.

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Really sneaky, Roger! Its funny how he nonchalantly slips it into the interview like it wasn't that big a deal. Fans would have paid an arm and a leg to be courtside, and the tennis journalists around the world must have let out a collective sigh that they couldn't get a scoop on that one.

I'd like to hear Pete's take on it. Did he try to serve and volley at every point? And did his heart race playing with the greatest tennis talent of all time?

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