SAMPRAS: THE SLAMS
Pete Sampras has now won a record 14 Grand Slams in his illustrious career.
His latest triumph came on Sunday night against his celebrated foe, Andre Agassi.
It was against Agassi, coincidentally, whom Sampras beat to claim his first major back in 1990 at Flushing Meadows.
Sampras made the cover of Sports Illustrated and the caption for the picture - a youthful looking Sampras hitting one of his famed overheads - reads A Star Is Born.
Here is a look back at the King of Swing's momentous triumphs.
1 - 1990 US Open
- Sampras makes the first of 18 appearances in a Grand Slam final and breezes past Agassi 6-4 6-3 6-2. It was an symbolic tournament in terms of the changing of the guard. Sampras knocked out former US Open champions Ivan Lendl (quarter-finals) and John McEnroe (semi-finals).
2 - 1993 Wimbledon
- The All England club did not know it at the time, but it was witnessing the player who would go on to become its greatest champion. Sampras, facing American stalwart Jim Courier, survived a couple of tie-breaks before triumphing 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 6-3. Again, Sampras had to overcome a who's who list of opponents, beating Agassi in a quarter-final and then eliminating former champion Boris Becker in straight sets in the last four.
3 - 1993 US Open
- Sampras could not have had it any easier, dropping just two sets in his entire tournament and clinching his second crown at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4 6-4 6-3 hammering of Cedric Pioline of France.
4 - 1994 Australian Open
- The Pete Sampras show won for the first time Down Under, but only after surviving a five-setter against then rising star Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia on his way to the final. He snatched victory thanks to a 9-7 win in the deciding set. Later, in an All-American final against Todd Martin, Sampras claimed a 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 6-4 success.
5 - 1994 Wimbledon
- Goran Ivanisevic helped set up a match of limited break opportunities but in the tie-breaks Sampras proved more formidable. Twice he beat Ivanisevic in tie-breaks before wrapping up a 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7-5) 6-0 win.
6 - 1995 Wimbledon
- Few players got the better of Boris Becker in SW19 and lived to tell about it, but Sampras was the exception. Having beaten the German on the famed courts two years earlier, the German appeared to be ready to exact his revenge. He won the first set in a tie-break but Sampras's class showed as he fought back for a 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory.
7 - 1995 US Open
- Presented with a rematch, Agassi did not take advantage. Sampras dropped one set but prevailed 6-4 6-3 4-6 7-5.
8 - 1996 US Open
- In danger of finishing a season without a Grand Slam, Sampras showed up at Flushing Meadows and reasserted himself as the game's dominant force. He struggled against Jiri Novak in the second round, needing five sets. He then, despite getting sick and vomiting on court, beat Spaniard Alex Corretja in a fifth-set tie-break for a quarter-final win. That match lasted four hours, nine minutes. In the final, he hammered Michael Chang 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7/3).
9 - 1997 Australian Open
- Dominik Hrbaty and Albert Costa made Sampras work in five-set showdowns but he cleared both hurdles. In the final, Carlos Moya provided little resistance as Sampras won 6-2 6-3 6-3.
10 - 1997 Wimbledon
- On Centre Court where he truly had no equals, Sampras laid waste to Pioline again, this time winning 6-4 6-2 6-4.
11 - 1998 Wimbledon
- Ivanisevic's disappointment grew as Sampras this time had to work for a five-set victory. Sampras won 6-7 (2/7) 7/6 (11/9) 6-4 3-6 6-2.
12 - 1999 Wimbledon
- Mark Philippoussis looked a good bet to knock Sampras out and he gained the earlier initiative in their quarter-final by winning the first set. But the giant Australian suffered a serious knee injury and had to retire from the match. He lost the first set against home favourite Tim Henman but hit back for a four-set win. Then against Agassi, who had looked an unstoppable force in the tournament, Sampras took a 6-3 6-4 7-5 win.
13 - 2000 Wimbledon
- Pat Rafter, twice a winner at the US Open, looked to add the grass court Grand Slam to his CV but Sampras denied him. In a match that lasted into the early evening hours, Sampras won 6-7 (10/12) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-2.
14 - 2002 US Open
- Having endured a Grand Slam drought in 2001, Sampras appeared to be a spent force and no one gave him a chance at Flushing Meadows. Even Greg Rusedski wrote off Sampras after the American had won their encounter. But Sampras made the Briton's predictions look ridiculous, beating Tommy Haas in the fourth round, Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals, Sjeng Schalken in the semis and then his long-time rival Agassi yet again in the final, 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-4.