In a match that – including the waiting period due to the rain – lasted more than four hours, Pete Sampras overcame the obstacle called Todd Martin, by beating him 6-3, 1-6 and 10-6 on the tie break, to conquer the title in the ''Athens Champions Cup 2007''.
Making the most of his speed going up to the net – at least more often than his opponent did – Pete Sampras broke the game on Martin's serve to 3-1, showing his intentions of winning early on. Martin was prone to unforced errors, but it seemed that the 'God of rain' was on his side this time, and the referee had to temporarily interrupt the match.
After approximately one hundred minutes of wait, the two contenders for the title grabbed their racquets again, with 'Pistol Pete' immediately shooting out a couple of 'thunders' for 4-1. The only thing Martin was able to do was cut down the difference to 5-3, since at the crucial moment another couple of aces by Sampras confirmed who the uncontested master of the first set was (6-3).
While most fans were trying to get hold of their cameras to take photos of Sampras holding the trophy, Martin just did not quite agree with them. He dictated his pace on the match, hit some decisive aces and completely dominated over his compatriot, easily cruising to 6-1 in the second set. All of a sudden, the 37-year-old American seemed to be in a better state of mind, while Sampras – quite possibly affected by his earlier match against Courier – seemed a bit tired.
It was high time for the tie break 'Russian roulette'. Sampras quickly reached 3-0, but that did not have any impact at all on Martin, who, after some impressive returns on two consecutive smash shots from his legendary opponent, turned everything upside-down again for 3-4. With his back against the wall, Sampras 'loaded' and shot four consecutive aces to lead 7-6. Martin attempted a response, but Sampras' desire to triumph in his mother's homeland was all too obvious. With two unmet forehand shots, he reached victory with 2-1 sets, proving that even at age 36 he is still a truly exceptional tennis player.