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Pete Sampras defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-4

Greg-Pete fan
05-06-2007, 07:03 AM
Pete Sampras defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-4:worship: Third win in a row:D

angiel
05-07-2007, 05:19 PM
Pete Sampras defeated John McEnroe 6-3, 6-4:worship: Third win in a row:D


:drool: :drool: :kiss: :bowdown: :bowdown: :dance: :bigclap:

angiel
05-08-2007, 06:10 PM
SAMPRAS ROLLS PAST MCENROE


Pete Sampras advanced to the title match of the Champions Cup Boston with a 6-3 6-4 victory over 48-year-old John McEnroe on Saturday at Agganis Arena.

Sampras, 35, has yet to lose a set in the event, his first since retiring following a U.S. Open title over long-time rival and friend Andre Agassi in 2002.

Three of Sampras' 762 career victories came against McEnroe, the last a straight-sets win in the semi-finals in Philadelphia in 1991. By improving to 4-0 lifetime against McEnroe, Sampras advances to face Todd Martin in Sunday's final.

McEnroe, who defeated Petr Korda and Tim Mayotte in straight sets in his earlier matches, will play Jim Courier in a third-place match on Sunday.

Showing a little less hair on top of his head but still an impressive array of shots, Sampras never trailed and won the first three games as McEnroe built up his traditional frustrations with the judges and umpire.

A seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, McEnroe showcased a prolonged argument in the eighth game of the first set and held an animated discussion with the chair umpire between games.

In the second set, while rallying from an early 3-1 deficit and spoiling a match point for Sampras, McEnroe repeatedly slammed his racket on the court, smashed a ball well into the stands in frustration and continued to berate the umpires.

Sampras, who did plenty of waiting in between points but also played along with McEnroe's antics at times, was in control throughout and secured the match with an easy backhand winner.

Martin, who is 4-18 against Sampras, defeated Courier earlier in the day to top Pool B with a 3-0 record.

angiel
05-08-2007, 06:12 PM
Boston: Sampras beats McEnroe, faces Martin in Final


BOSTON — Todd Martin’s path to a second consecutive Champions Cup Boston title will have to go through 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras.



Martin and Sampras each won their third-round matches on Saturday to improve to 3-0 in group play and advance to Sunday’s final of the $142,000 Champions Cup Boston, the second tournament of the 2007 Outback Champions Series.



Playing in his first tournament since winning the 2002 U.S. Open, Sampras advanced with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over John McEnroe in the nightcap. Earlier in the day, Martin held on to beat a surging Jim Courier 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 (TB).



Both McEnroe and Courier finished group play 2-1 and will play in the third-place playoff on Sunday.



Sampras owns an 18-4 career record against Martin, but they haven’t play since 2002. To beat Sampras for the fifth time, Martin says he’ll have to improve his serve.



“I’ll have a chance to win if I play like I did today,” Martin said. “But in order to compete, I won’t be able to let my serve wane at all in the middle of the match like I did today. I really struggled with my first serve for a while.”



After winning the final three games to take the first set, Martin’s serving woes cost him the second set. Courier won a break to take a 2-0 lead and coasted from there.



Martin, who beat McEnroe in last year’s final, turned it around in the tiebreaker. He took a commanding 9-5 lead, then squashed Courier’s comeback bid with an ace for the winner.



“In the breaker, it’s a bit of a roll of dice,” said Courier, co-founder of the Outback Champions Series. “He just picked it up at the right time. There’s not a whole lot I could change about the breaker.”



Sampras had an easier time holding up his end of the bargain. He had six aces, and kept McEnroe off balance with an array of well-placed baseline shots.



“The guy hit the outside of the line like 20 times, it was unbelievable,” McEnroe said. “It’s incredible how many lines he hits. I’ve never played a guy who can consistently do that.”



Sampras won the first three games of the first set and never trailed after breaking to go up 2-1 in the second.



In coasting to the final in his Outback Champions Series debut, Sampras didn’t lose a set. The seven games McEnroe took from him were by far the most in three matches.



“I think I can still play at a pretty high level,” Sampras said. “I can probably compete against anyone in the world today.”



In the other matches, Petr Korda improved to 1-2 in group play with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tim Mayotte. Wayne Ferreira also improved to 1-2 in group play with a 6-3, 7-6 (0) win over Pat Cash.

Champions Cup Boston, like all Outback Champions Series events, features an eight-man round-robin format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match and the second-place finishers from each division playing in the third-place match.



Each event features $142,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $50,000 as well as Outback Champions Series ranking points that will determine a year-end champion.

To be eligible to compete in the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.



Schedule for Sunday, May 6

Afternoon Session, Beginning at 2:30 pm

Third Place Playoff

John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier
Followed by
Championship Match
Pete Sampras vs. Todd Martin

angiel
05-08-2007, 06:55 PM
Boston: Sampras to play McEnroe for group championship


BOSTON — Saturday’s highly anticipated match between Pete Sampras and John McEnroe at Champions Cup Boston will now have added significance.



Sampras and McEnroe each won their second-round matches on Friday to improve to 2-0 in Group A play at Champions Cup Boston, the second tournament of the 2007 Outback Champions Series.



The two legends will play in the late match Saturday night for a berth in Sunday’s final.



“I’m expecting an entertaining match,” Sampras said. “I’ve always matched up pretty well against John. It will be fun and competitive. We both want to play well and also put on a good show.”



Winner of a record 14 Grand Slams, Sampras lost the first game of both sets but used his powerful serve to recover nicely. He had five aces and didn’t lose a game he served.



“He’s just unbelievable,” Mayotte said. “Everything’s in hyper speed for me and everything for him looks like it’s in slow motion. It’s a whole different category.”



McEnroe had a harder time holding up his end of the bargain, escaping with a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-2 (match tiebreak) win over Petr Korda.



McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, squandered a 4-2 lead in dropping the first set. He then led 5-2 in the second set, but allowed Korda to tie it at 5 games apiece before winning the last two games to force a tiebreaker.



In the tiebreaker, McEnroe never trailed and coasted to an eight-point win.



“I figured out a way to win,” McEnroe said. “I shouldn’t have put myself in that position, but at least I was able to pull it out.”



In Group B play, Todd Martin took a step closer to defending his Champions Cup Boston title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Wayne Ferreira to improve to 2-0.



Ferreira hung tough in both sets, but was eventually worn down by Martin’s aggressive play.



“I was able to persevere by winning some of the longer games early on,” Martin said. “To me, that was the difference.”



Martin will play Jim Courier on Saturday for a berth in Sunday’s final. Courier, co-founder of the Outback Champions Series, also improved to 2-0 in round-robin play with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Pat Cash.



Courier and Cash each held serve throughout the first set until Courier finally broke through in the tiebreaker.



“It made an adjustment in the tiebreak,” Courier said. “I was able to get a couple of good returns, and keep him back off the baseline. Once I was in control of the baseline volleys, I felt pretty comfortable.”



Courier will face Martin for a berth in the title for the second straight year. Last year, Martin won in a third-set tiebreaker en route to beating McEnroe for the inaugural championship.



Champions Cup Boston, like all Outback Champion Series events, features an eight-man round-robin format with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match on Sunday.



All Outback Champions Series events feature eight-man round-robin match formats with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second-place finishers in each division play in the third-place match. Each event features $142,000 in prize money with an undefeated winner taking home $50,000 as well as Outback Champions Series ranking points that will determine a year-end champion.



To be eligible to compete in the Outback Champions Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.





Schedule for Saturday, May 5

Afternoon Session, Beginning at 2:30 pm

Round Robin Group A
Petr Korda vs. Tim Mayotte

Followed by
Round Robin Group B
Jim Courier vs. Todd Martin



Evening Session Beginning at 7:30pm

Round Robin Group B

Pat Cash vs. Wayne Ferreria

Followed by

Round Robin Group A

Pete Sampras vs. John McEnroe