Following last night's postponement due to adverse weather conditions, in the match that took place today in order to complete the first round Pete Sampras appeared to be in excellent shape and prevailed over Jim Courier, 6-2, 6-4.
Exploiting his compatriot's unforced error, 'Pistol Pete' immediately broke the game on his 37-year-old opponent's serve, only to go on and 'trap' him between his exquisite technique and endless 'arsenal' of variability in his play. The world tennis 'King Midas' used a series of drop shots and unfathomable shots, taking an early lead (0-4) and exciting the crowd.
Courier began to gradually improve his performance and with consecutive aces closed the gap to 2-5; nevertheless, Sampras was the uncontested master of the first set and hit an ace for the score to read 6-2 (1-0 sets) after 18 minutes into the match.
In the second set, Courier noticeably reduced his errors and seemed capable of claiming victory, since Sampras was unable to find solutions to his opponent's powerful serves. It was not by a sheer stroke of luck, though, that the 36-year-old American had come to conquer 14 Grand Slam titles. Far from it! With an exceptional backhand, indicating his class, he broke the game on the 'jockey-cap bomber's' serve for 3-4, and victory was only a matter of time from there on. Courier, realizing that the leeway for a comeback was getting too close for comfort, sought the help of a ball-boy, which forced Sampras to recruit a ball-boy of his own. With the fans cheering the future tennis stars, Sampras took back the reigns, and hit for 4-6 and 0-2 sets.