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Pistol Pete spanks Korda 6-1, 6-2

pj80
05-04-2007, 03:25 AM
Group A W/L

Pete Sampras 1-0
John McEnroe 1-0
Tim Mayotte 0-1
Petr Korda 0-1

Group B W/L

Jim Courier 1-0
Todd Martin 1-0
Pat Cash 0-1
Wayne Ferreira 0-1


Day 1 WED. 2, MAY 2007 7:00 PM

Martin def. Cash 6-1, 7-5
Courier def. Ferreira 6-3, 2-6, 10-6


Day 2 THU. 3, MAY 2007 7:00 PM

McEnroe def. Mayotte 6-1, 7-5
Sampras def. Korda 6-1, 6-2

Mimi
05-04-2007, 03:39 AM
thanks pj80 :bowdown: :woohoo: :dance: pete should spank him in this score in 97 us open too :nerner:

pj80
05-04-2007, 03:41 AM
Sampras wins big in return

May 3, 2007

BOSTON (AP) -- Pete Sampras routed Petr Korda 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Champions Cup on Thursday, the 14-time major winner's first tournament in nearly five years.

In the first match, John McEnroe beat Tim Mayotte 6-1, 7-5. But the night belonged to Sampras, who hadn't played in a competitive match since beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 U.S. Open final.

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"It was fun -- it was nice playing in the crowd," Sampras said. "I felt excited walking out there with a nice ovation. This is why I decided to play."

The 35-year-old Sampras, who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July, didn't touch a racket for nearly three years before picking up the sport again last summer to get in better shape.

He first played in sporadic exhibition matches and in the World Team Tennis league before deciding to pick up his training following an exhibition with four-time Grand Slam champ Jim Courier, who organizes the senior tour.

"Playing against a former great player got my juices going," Sampras said. "So I did some thinking and (decided) to play Jim's event. Maybe play against some of the former greats, just get my juice going with a little more at stake."

Though he was a bit older than the last time he took center court -- at the U.S. Open -- he still looked like the Sampras of old in his senior tour debut. His booming serve topped 130 mph, his forehand was precise and he was as aggressive as ever.

"I was playing well before I came over here," Korda said. "But this was just too good for me. I knew he was going to come hard. If he's going to show up for something big like this, he's going to come ready."

Using a larger racket than he did in his prime, Sampras overpowered Korda from the start. After dropping just one game in the first set, Sampras won five of the final six games of the second to sweep the match.

He ended the match with an ace Korda had no chance of catching.

"Serving is one shot that when I picked up the racket a year ago that was pretty natural," Sampras said. "It was still there."

According to Courier, McEnroe, Mayotte and Korda, Sampras has more than just his serve left and could make serious run at this year's Wimbledon.

"The guy is a master on grass," McEnroe said. "Roger (Federer) would say he'd play him, but he'd be concerned."

Still, Sampras said there's no way he'll seek an exemption for one more shot at Wimbledon, an event he won seven times.

"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play -- I would play to win," he said. "There needs to be a reason to come back and there really isn't a reason for me to come back."

Greg-Pete fan
05-04-2007, 06:44 AM
6-1 6-2:eek: Pete, you are really THE BEST:worship: :worship: :worship: :devil: :cool:

the_natural
05-04-2007, 09:54 AM
Hes not human, and they say borg was the greatest natural athlete in mens tennis... although thats not a fair comparison cos pete is more of a power player :P stilll he was moving really really well against Ginepri hes too fast for his age and for the little amount of training he does

angiel
05-04-2007, 06:35 PM
6-1 6-2:eek: Pete, you are really THE BEST:worship: :worship: :worship: :devil: :cool:


He was even on ESPN top ten play.:worship: I saw it last night during the sport news.:worship: :angel: :D :)

angiel
05-04-2007, 07:20 PM
Sampras rules out return


After dominating Petr Korda 6-1 6-2 on his seniors tour debut and first competitive match in nearly five years, Pete Sampras ruled out a return to Wimbledon.

"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play -- I would play to win," the 35-year-old American told the AP. "There needs to be a reason to come back and there really isn't a reason for me to come back."

Sampras, who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles and seven Wimbledon crowns during his years as a professional, had no trouble dispatching of the 1998 Australian Open winner Korda in the Boston event.

"It was fun -- it was nice playing in the crowd," Sampras said. "I felt excited walking out there with a nice ovation. This is why I decided to play."

Sampras said that playing against old rival and four-time Grand Slam winner Jim Courrier in an exhibition match inspired him to join the Champions Series, which is organised by Courrier.

"Playing against a former great player got my juices going. So I did some thinking and [decided] to play Jim's event. Maybe play against some of the former greats, just get my juice going with a little more at stake."

Korda acknowledged that Sampras' superior firepower - with a serve that reached upwards of 130 mph - was too much for the 39-year-old Czech.

"I was playing well before I came over here," Korda said. "But this was just too good for me. I knew he was going to come hard. If he's going to show up for something big like this, he's going to come ready."

"Serving is one shot that when I picked up the racquet a year ago that was pretty natural," Sampras said. "It was still there."

After Sampras' impressive debut several Champions Series competitors suggested the man who is considered by many to be the greatest grass-court player of all time could have a serious go at this year's All England Club and four-time defending champion Roger Federer.

"The guy is a master on grass," said three-time Wimbledon champ John McEnroe. "Roger would say he'd play him, but he'd be concerned."

Eurosport - Jeremy Stahl - 04/05/2007 13:01

angiel
05-04-2007, 07:24 PM
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Last Updated: 12:01 pm | Friday, May 4, 2007




Sampras cruises in return to the court

Tennis roundup
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


CHAMPIONS CUP: In his first tournament in nearly five years, 14-time major winner Pete Sampras, 35, routed Petr Korda 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round at Boston.

In the first match, John McEnroe beat Tim Mayotte 6-1, 7-5.

BMW OPEN: No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarterfinals at Munich, Germany, beating Nicolas Massu 7-5, 6-1. Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4.


ESTORIL OPEN: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo rallied to beat Alberto Martin 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 at Oeiras, Portugal. Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet also reached the quarterfinals.

angiel
05-04-2007, 07:26 PM
Nothing old about Pete's game
May 05, 2007 12:00am

RETIRED tennis champion Pete Sampras turned back the clock yesterday to blitz Petr Korda in his first tournament in almost five years.

The 14-time major winner routed Czech Korda 6-1 6-2 in the Champions Cup seniors event in Boston.

"I felt excited walking out there with a nice ovation. This is why I decided to play," Sampras said after his first competitive match since beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final.

The 35-year-old Sampras didn't touch a racquet for nearly three years before picking up the sport again midway through last year.

He first played in exhibition matches and in the World Team Tennis league before deciding to pick up his training.

He still looked like the Sampras of old in his senior tour debut. His booming serve topped 209km/h, his forehand was precise and he was as aggressive as ever.

According to John McEnroe, Sampras has more than just his serve left and could make a serious run at this year's Wimbledon.

"The guy is a master on grass," McEnroe said. "Roger (Federer) would say he'd play him, but he'd be concerned."

But Sampras said there was no way he'd seek an exemption for one more shot at Wimbledon, an event he won seven times.

AP

angiel
05-04-2007, 07:28 PM
Sampras Crushes Korda in Senior Tennis Debut

Posted on May 4, 2007


Pete Sampras did not disappoint in his senior tour debut Thursday night at the Boston stop on the Outback Champions Tour, blowing past former Australian Open winner Petr Korda 6-1, 6-2 for a 1-0 start in round robin play.


"It was great to get back out there and compete," said Sampras, using a larger racquet than in his days competing on the ATP Tour. "I felt excited walking out there to a nice ovation in front of a large crowd. I've had some trouble with Petr in the past, but felt I was able to play real well on this surface."


Sampras was 12-5 career versus the Czech in their ATP days, most notably knocked out of the 1997 US Open by Korda in a fifth-set tiebreak.







"I was playing well before I came over here," Korda said. "But Pete was just too good for me. I knew he was going to come hard. If he's going to show up for something big like this, he's going to come ready."


In the other match on the day, John McEnroe beat Tim Mayotte 6-1, 7-5, with Mayotte making his senior tour debut after Mats Wilander was forced to withdraw from the event with back spasms.


Mayotte didn't get official word he was replacing Wilander until early in the afternoon and got off to a sluggish start, losing the first five games.


"I felt like I was in control," McEnroe said. "I felt like I could step it up if I needed to. At 5-4, I felt I should have put it away, 6-4."


Scheduled for Friday in Boston are Todd Martin vs. Wayne Ferreira, Jim Courier vs. Pat Cash, Sampras vs. Mayotte, and McEnroe vs. Korda.


-- Tennis-X.com

RonE
05-04-2007, 09:57 PM
thanks pj80 :bowdown: :woohoo: :dance: pete should spank him in this score in 97 us open too :nerner:

Dammit I still get pissed off when I think about that match :mad:

Had he beaten Korda his path to the title would have been Bjorkman in the quarters, Rusedski in the semis and Rafter in the final. What a wasted opportunity :sad:

Watching his matches against Korda were so nerve wrecking its great to hear he spanked him good :devil:

Mimi
05-05-2007, 02:37 AM
yeah, if he won 97 us open, he will get 15 slams to make it a more beautiful figure than 14:mad:


Dammit I still get pissed off when I think about that match :mad:

Had he beaten Korda his path to the title would have been Bjorkman in the quarters, Rusedski in the semis and Rafter in the final. What a wasted opportunity :sad:

Watching his matches against Korda were so nerve wrecking its great to hear he spanked him good :devil:

RagingLamb
05-05-2007, 03:53 AM
Hey I was wondering how that match went. Good to hear he's having fun.

btw, didn't pete beat Andy in straights 2 weeks after Andy played in the 2006 US open final?

Mimi
05-05-2007, 03:57 AM
hi RagingLamb :D

welcome, enjoy posting here :D

yes, seems pete did beat Andy in an exhibition after 2006 us open final :wavey:
Hey I was wondering how that match went. Good to hear he's having fun.

btw, didn't pete beat Andy in straights 2 weeks after Andy played in the 2006 US open final?

Greg-Pete fan
05-05-2007, 07:12 AM
Dammit I still get pissed off when I think about that match :mad:

Yes, I remember that Pete was leading 3-0 in the fifth set! And lost 7-6(4) 5-7 6-7(2) 6-3 6-7(3)... I gave you a link from that match in "videos" section.

angiel
05-05-2007, 05:07 PM
Sampras is still dazzling in return to the court


May 4, 2007

BY MIKE SZOSTAK, Providence Journal

BOSTON ? Pete Sampras is back, and the way he hit the ball last night, it?s like he never left.

Crushing serves for aces, slicing backhand approaches and volleying crisp winners, the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion played his first competitive match in nearly five years, and he was good. He defeated Petr Korda, 6-1, 6-2, in the feature match of the Champions Cup Boston, the second stop on Hall of Famer Jim Courier?s Outback Champions Series.

John McEnroe, the best 48-year-old tennis player in the world, many believe, beat local favorite Tim Mayotte, 6-1, 7-5, in the first match at the striking Agganis Arena. Mayotte, who grew up in Springfield, trained with Boston pro Bill Drake while on the pro tour in the 1980s and now teaches tennis in New York, was a last-minute substitute for the injured Mats Wilander.

Sampras? last appearance in a singles tournament of any consequence was at the 2002 U.S. Open. Who can forget his emotional victory over Andre Agassi in the final and his dramatic climb through the stands to hug his wife?

Mayotte, McEnroe, and Korda are convinced that Sampras could return to the tour and make a serious run on grass at Wimbledon.

?He could win Queens,? said Mayotte, 48. ?I practiced with him today and got half a point in 20 minutes. I predicted he would play Wimbledon one more time, and I still predict he will. He?d have to train. He?s not going to win seven five-setters without training. I think it would be great for the game.?

McEnroe said that Sampras is the best player he ever saw, especially on grass, but he wonders what would motivate Sampras to return for another shot at Wimbledon.

?I could see it, but I don?t know. I wouldn?t bet on it. The guy won seven. Why bother? He could go out and win two out of three. I don?t know about five-setters.?

Having said that, McEnroe added that he couldn?t name five players on the ATP tour today who could beat Sampras on grass.

?The guy?s the master on grass. Roger (Federer) would say he?d play him, but he?d be concerned,? McEnroe said. ?The reality is your body breaks down. I don?t know how fit he is. I could see him get to the quarterfinals and then lose because he was tired or strained something. I told him if he went there and lost in the first few rounds, it wouldn?t take away from his place in history.?

Korda echoed that sentiment.

?If he served the way he served tonight, not many guys on the tour (could return). They swing at the serve. They don?t block the serve. On grass he could beat many guys in the draw, badly,? the Czech said.

But after dispatching Korda, Sampras, 35, killed all the Wimbledon speculation.

?I?m not going to play Wimbledon again. I?m curious how I?d do, especially with all the guys staying back. I always licked my chops when I saw baseliners,? he said.

But a return, even for one tournament, would mean altering the lifestyle he has come to enjoy with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

?A lot of things come into play. It?s a lot of work. It?s a daily grind. I wouldn?t play Wimbledon just to play. I?d play to win. There?s got to be a reason to come back, and there isn?t a reason. To come back for one event is crazy,? he said.

Sampras played six exhibitions and World Team Tennis last year, but it was a match against Courier, his contemporary, that sparked his interest in the seniors tour.

?It got my juices going. There?s a little more at stake. Coming out today felt good ? it felt exciting,? he said.

Sampras told McEnroe that he didn?t pick up a racquet for three years after winning the Open.

?Last summer, the first couple of balls he hit were absolute screamers. He was missing, but he wanted people to know he could still hit with pace,? Mac said.

?When I picked up a racquet a year ago, the serve was still there,? Sampras said. ?I can still serve big up the middle. I can still do some things.?

Like hustle to the net for a backhand half-volley and execute a perfect drop shot for a winner, earning a huge ovation.

Sampras will return tonight against Mayotte and then face McEnroe Saturday night.

?I?m ready for him, and I want him to know that. John, I?m coming after you,? he joked with the crowd.

Said McEnroe: ?I?m not afraid. If I feel good, I?ll go out against anyone.?

angiel
05-05-2007, 05:59 PM
Estados Unidos | Tenis

Sampras is always the same

Former no. 1 tennis player Pete Sampras defeated Petr Korda 6-2, 6-1 at the Championship Cup tennis in Boston.

04-05 | 16:14 hs. 14-time-Grand-Slam champion said that playing before so many people at Agganis Arena of the Boston University was a great experience.

Sampras looks great despite retirement in 2002, when he denied Andre Agassi at the US Open final.

The upcoming Hall of Famer (Sampras will be honored next July) played fantastically from the very beginning of the match to be ranked at the top of the veteran tournament.

Sampras will face Tim Mayotte on Friday for the third round at the tournament held in Boston.

angiel
05-05-2007, 06:12 PM
Pistol Pete is back & firing

AP | Boston

Pete Sampras routed Petr Korda 6-1, 6-2 in the Champions Cup on Thursday, the 14-time major winner's first tournament in nearly five years.




"It was fun - it was nice playing in the crowd," Sampras said after his first competitive match since beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final. "I felt excited walking out there with a nice ovation. This is why I decided to play."



The 35-year-old Sampras, who will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July, didn't touch a racket for nearly three years before picking up the sport again last summer to get in better shape.



He first played in sporadic exhibition matches and in the World Team Tennis league before deciding to pick up his training following an exhibition with four-time Grand Slam champ Jim Courier, who organises the senior tour.



"Playing against a former great player got my juices going," Sampras said. "So I did some thinking and (decided) to play Jim's event. Maybe play against some of the former greats, just get my juice going with a little more at stake."



Though he was a bit older than the last time he took centre court - at the US Open - he still looked like the Sampras of old in his senior tour debut. His booming serve topped 130 mph (209 kph), his forehand was precise and he was as aggressive as ever.



"I was playing well before I came over here," Korda said.



"But this was just too good for me. I knew he was going to come hard. If he's going to show up for something big like this, he's going to come ready."



Using a larger racket than he did in his prime, Sampras overpowered Korda from the start. After dropping just one game in the first set, Sampras won five of the final six games of the second to sweep the match.



He ended the match with an ace Korda had no chance of catching.



"Serving is one shot that when I picked up the racket a year ago that was pretty natural," Sampras said. "It was still there."



According to Courier, John McEnroe, Tim Mayotte and Korda, Sampras has more than just his serve left and could make a serious run at this year's Wimbledon.



"The guy is a master on grass," McEnroe said. "Roger (Federer) would say he'd play him, but he'd be concerned."



Still, Sampras said there's no way he'll seek an exemption for one more shot at Wimbledon, an event he won seven times.



"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play - I would play to win," he said. "There needs to be a reason to come back and there really isn't a reason for me to come back."

RagingLamb
05-05-2007, 10:23 PM
All this talk about Wimbledon must be driving him insane.

In theory he can do it, that is make a comeback. I don't know how far he would get, but he would certainly not embarass himself.

But the point is, comeback for what? Winning Wimbledon 7 times is enough to convince anyone you can do it. So he's got nothing to prove as far as that goes.
Coming back as a 35 or 36 year old out of retirement and winning it would be in my opinion one of the greatest accomplishments in tennis, ever. But sadly it's so close to impossible it's not even worth trying. That's why he'll never do it in my opinion.

If he does comeback, and does win, I will name each of my children Pete Sampras, even if they're all girls.

Mimi
05-07-2007, 03:12 AM
i agree withyou, he should not come back :wavey:
All this talk about Wimbledon must be driving him insane.

In theory he can do it, that is make a comeback. I don't know how far he would get, but he would certainly not embarass himself.

But the point is, comeback for what? Winning Wimbledon 7 times is enough to convince anyone you can do it. So he's got nothing to prove as far as that goes.
Coming back as a 35 or 36 year old out of retirement and winning it would be in my opinion one of the greatest accomplishments in tennis, ever. But sadly it's so close to impossible it's not even worth trying. That's why he'll never do it in my opinion.

If he does comeback, and does win, I will name each of my children Pete Sampras, even if they're all girls.

angiel
05-07-2007, 05:37 PM
All this talk about Wimbledon must be driving him insane.

In theory he can do it, that is make a comeback. I don't know how far he would get, but he would certainly not embarass himself.

But the point is, comeback for what? Winning Wimbledon 7 times is enough to convince anyone you can do it. So he's got nothing to prove as far as that goes.
Coming back as a 35 or 36 year old out of retirement and winning it would be in my opinion one of the greatest accomplishments in tennis, ever. But sadly it's so close to impossible it's not even worth trying. That's why he'll never do it in my opinion.

If he does comeback, and does win, I will name each of my children Pete Sampras, even if they're all girls.


Then I hope he comes back, so your children can get good names.;) :p ;) :)

RagingLamb
05-07-2007, 06:21 PM
Then I hope he comes back, so your children can get good names.;) :p ;) :)

lol...I think I will pretend it didn't happen and hope no one notices. I can't imagine having a daughter named Pete.