Re: Anyone remember Pete vs. Andre Wimbledon 1993?
You are right Lalitha, that 1992 US open lost was the turning point in his career, read most if not all of his interviews, and they ask him that same question, and he gave the same answer - here is a quote from his recent interview - When I was growing up and won the US open [ 1990], I wasn't sure what I wanted. I wasn't that great a competitor, not very strong mentally, always a little question about my heart.
That's the way I was up until I loss in the 1992 open final. If that loss never happened, I wouldn't have achieved what I achieved. That was my career-defining moment.
Before, I was happy at No. 6, getting to semis and finals of majors. But I always kind of packed it in a little - no, that's too strong, I just didn't dig deep enough. I found out that nobody cares who comes in second. That loss made me become a winner. It made me believe.
His 1991 comments was blown out of proportion by the media and some of his fellow competitors, noteable Jimmy Connors. Get his book (A Legend in the Works, by H.A. Branham) and you can read all about that 1991 incident.
Here are 5 of his most memorable matches:
1. Early 1980's, a first round junior match in San Diego " I drove down with my dad. I lost 6-0, 6-0 and cried the whole ride home.
2. 1992 US open final; Stefan Edberg d. Sampras " The match that turned my career around."
3. 1995 US open final; Sampras d. Agassi. " We went in different directions after this one."
4. 2000 Winbledon final; Sampras d. Rafter. " The record, sure, but it was also the first time my parents watched me live at Wimbledon. That meant a lot."
5. 2002 US open final; Sampras d. Agassi. "My happiest moment."