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Athens Cup: Sampras beat Martin 6-3 1-6 10-6 (TB) in the final!

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.

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The curtain fell on the “Athens Champions Cup 2007” with the award ceremony and a warm standing ovation on the part of the…resilient fans who remained until the end of the exciting final.

The Deputy Minister of Sports, Giorgos Orfanos, the General Secretary for Sports, Stavros Douvis, the president of the ''Athens Open'', Konstantinos Makrykostas, and the chairman of the ''International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum'' executive committee, Chris Clouser, congratulated all those who contributed to an impeccable and successful event; especially the athletes, the sponsors, the volunteers and the spectators.

Pete Sampras uttered some Greek words for the second time throughout his stay in Athens by saying 'efharisto' ('thank you') to everyone and left the court enjoying a last whole-hearted applause from the crowd.

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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.

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This is great news, the ATP tour needs him my friend.
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This is great news, the ATP tour needs him my friend.
Of course, tennis still needs him

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I second that Greg, tennis really needs him, did he took his family with him to Greece???
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I second that Greg, tennis really needs him, did he took his family with him to Greece???
No, he didn`t. He said that he would take them next time

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Sampras Two-For-Two On Champions Tour Comeback, Beat Martin In Athens Finals For Second Consecutive Title

May 21, 2007 11:21 a.m. EST


Eric Williams - AHN Sports Reporter


Athens, Greece (AHN) - Another Outback Champions tournament appearance meant another tournament victory for the legendary Pete Sampras in Sunday's Athens Champions Cup final.

Sampras overpowered Todd Martin, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6, for the second time in two Champions tournaments, relying on his best weapon - his powerful serve - frequently.

Sampras ripped off two aces in the opening game, and continued to use his excellent serve and volley skills to break Martin in the fourth game and go up 3-1 in the first set.

After a short rain delay, Sampras held serve and finished off the set with two more aces.

The veteran Martin, a finalist at both the Australian and U.S. Opens when he played on the regular ATP tour, fought back, breaking Sampras in the fourth and sixth games of the second set. Martin held Sampras at love for two consecutive games to go ahead 5-1 before serving out the set.

The tiebreaker, used on the Champions tour in place of a third set, was a seesaw battle between the pair.

Martin quickly fell behind 3-0 before winning the next four points. Sampras then blasted four consecutive aces to go ahead 7-4. Sampras followed up that display of power with two crosscourt winners.

"The second set I didn't think I played that poorly, he came up with some unbelievable returns," Sampras said. "He was sort of leaning and guessing in a certain way, and he was guessing right."

Sampras' victory was his second in two Champions events this month - his first competitive tennis appearances in almost five years.

"I feel really good, I played quite well. I have a few things still left in the game," said the 14-time major winner. "It's special being here, seeing my heritage," said Sampras, "I plan on being back."

Sampras actually played twice on Sunday because of bad weather. He beat Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4 earlier in a postponed round-robin match.
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thanks greg and angiel, btu the trophy is a bit strange fo rme

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thanks greg and angiel, btu the trophy is a bit strange fo rme
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i thought the tropies are those being pictured in the first photo? they are just some flowers
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thnak you greg

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Epic movies, like brokeback mountain, are seldom found in the industry or worthy for the mainstream viewer. As often as I have watched the clips of this movie, I always find something more to it. For one, the gay stuff doesn't enter the picture for me, only the dimension of the highest love I have ever witnessed in life or on film.
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