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Sampras vs Federer exhibiton in Kuala Lumpur

Greg-Pete fan
05-08-2007, 06:49 PM
http://www.sport365.fr/la-une/articl...ibition-.shtml
http://www.sports.fr/fr/cmc/scanner/...249.html?popup

:eek: :eek: :eek:

angiel
05-08-2007, 06:52 PM
http://www.sport365.fr/la-une/articl...ibition-.shtml
http://www.sports.fr/fr/cmc/scanner/...249.html?popup

:eek: :eek: :eek:


Is this true Greg, or you are pulling our legs.:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :worship:

Greg-Pete fan
05-08-2007, 07:23 PM
Is this true Greg, or you are pulling our legs.:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :worship:

I gave you two links angiel, so it should be true:) :devil: :cool:

angiel
05-08-2007, 07:42 PM
I gave you two links angiel, so it should be true:) :devil: :cool:


I found nothing on those links, it said page cannot be found.:eek: :eek: :confused:

Greg-Pete fan
05-08-2007, 07:50 PM
I found nothing on those links, it said page cannot be found.:eek: :eek: :confused:

You are right, but everything was OK an hour ago. :confused:

Greg-Pete fan
05-08-2007, 07:55 PM
http://www.sport365.fr/la-une/article_164810_1344_Sampras-Federer-en-exhibition-.shtml
http://www.sports.fr/fr/cmc/scanner/tennis/200719/une-exhibition-sampras-federer-_133249.html?popup

Translation

After training together in March, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are publicly going to confront one another. This as part of a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur and then in Macao before the end of the year, as announced by the worldwide number 1, on Sunday in Rome.

Now these links are working correctly again...

angiel
05-08-2007, 07:56 PM
You are right, but everything was OK an hour ago. :confused:


I go over to GM and there is a thread there about it, but they can't say for certain, so will just have to wait and see.:angel: :D :wavey:

the_natural
05-13-2007, 03:51 AM
Ohh boy i hope Petes in his best form since retiring, he will need it to save face against roger cos u know everyone is gonna use a loss against him!!!. But it said Demonstration which could mean that its like Nadal Federer in New York before the open, Or nadal ferrer in mallacor last year where Ferrer won a tiebreak set.

Id like to see pete play a 3 setter against Federer on grass or a fast court but im a bit nervous :P i want him to beat mark and Richard in greece next week too!

Hes gonna have to play much better than he has been, twice now martin has held match points against him, taking the second set each time in the breaker, the first match they played was 2 breakers, i guess he was better this time round by winning the first set easily but the second serve he got broken and martin is old and slow! Come on petey show the world wat ur made of

angiel
05-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Ohh boy i hope Petes in his best form since retiring, he will need it to save face against roger cos u know everyone is gonna use a loss against him!!!. But it said Demonstration which could mean that its like Nadal Federer in New York before the open, Or nadal ferrer in mallacor last year where Ferrer won a tiebreak set.

Id like to see pete play a 3 setter against Federer on grass or a fast court but im a bit nervous :P i want him to beat mark and Richard in greece next week too!

Hes gonna have to play much better than he has been, twice now martin has held match points against him, taking the second set each time in the breaker, the first match they played was 2 breakers, i guess he was better this time round by winning the first set easily but the second serve he got broken and martin is old and slow! Come on petey show the world wat ur made of


Pete will be okay if they do play, I know he will.:D :) :worship: :angel:

Marine
05-16-2007, 09:01 AM
Tennis legend Pete Sampras poses for a photograph in Athens on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Sampras, who is of Greek descent, will play at the Athens Champi - mardi mai 15, 16h02
Tennis legend Pete Sampras poses for a photograph in Athens on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20070515/all/l2533947.jpg

Mimi
05-16-2007, 09:03 AM
thank you so much Marine, long time no see, how are you :D?

Greg-Pete fan
05-16-2007, 03:19 PM
Thank you Marine:worship:

ataptc
05-16-2007, 03:32 PM
If only it could be true and I would be free.... I can fly over to KL!

Marine
05-16-2007, 04:23 PM
I'm fine, thanks, and you can notice I don't forget Pete. ;)
(see my signature youtube)

angiel
05-16-2007, 06:18 PM
Tennis legend Pete Sampras poses for a photograph in Athens on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Sampras, who is of Greek descent, will play at the Athens Champi - mardi mai 15, 16h02
Tennis legend Pete Sampras poses for a photograph in Athens on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.


http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/ap_photo/20070515/all/l2533947.jpg


Thank you Marine.:worship: :worship: :angel: :D

Greg-Pete fan
05-23-2007, 11:20 AM
World number one Roger Federer will play Pete Sampras in an exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur in November to celebrate Malaysia's 50th year of independence, organisers said.

Swiss Federer, who trails the American's record of 14 grand slam titles by four, will take on the 35-year-old former world number one in a match billed as the 'Clash of the Times'.

"I hold the record for most Grand Slam titles ever but I am confident that Roger will break that record some day," Sampras said in a statement.

"For us to play each other while I am still young enough to play very competitively is truly special.

"Having this take place in Asia is remarkable for tennis," he said.

Federer and Sampras faced each other just once on the ATP Tour when the Swiss won a five-set match in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2001 to end the American's 31-match unbeaten run at the All England Club.

"To play against Pete is a dream come true," Federer said in a statement. "I am so excited to play Pete and I am really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time."

The exhibition match on Nov 22 is part of the Merdeka (Independence) Tennis Challenge that includes the inaugural Malaysia Open Championship and a second-tier Challenger tour event.

Sources:
REUTERS (eurosport.yahoo.com)
http://sports.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2068573.cms

angiel
05-23-2007, 07:39 PM
World number one Roger Federer will play Pete Sampras in an exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur in November to celebrate Malaysia's 50th year of independence, organisers said.

Swiss Federer, who trails the American's record of 14 grand slam titles by four, will take on the 35-year-old former world number one in a match billed as the 'Clash of the Times'.

"I hold the record for most Grand Slam titles ever but I am confident that Roger will break that record some day," Sampras said in a statement.

"For us to play each other while I am still young enough to play very competitively is truly special.

"Having this take place in Asia is remarkable for tennis," he said.

Federer and Sampras faced each other just once on the ATP Tour when the Swiss won a five-set match in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2001 to end the American's 31-match unbeaten run at the All England Club.

"To play against Pete is a dream come true," Federer said in a statement. "I am so excited to play Pete and I am really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time."

The exhibition match on Nov 22 is part of the Merdeka (Independence) Tennis Challenge that includes the inaugural Malaysia Open Championship and a second-tier Challenger tour event.

Sources:
REUTERS (eurosport.yahoo.com)
http://sports.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2068573.cms



Great news Greg - this is going to be a blockbuster for sure.:worship: :worship: :worship: :wavey:

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:00 PM
Sampras To Face Federer In Malaysia Exhibition In November

May 23, 2007 12:30 p.m. EST


Eric Williams - AHN Sports Reporter


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AHN) - Two of tennis' biggest heavyweights, who have 24 grand career grand slam titles between them, are planning on taking to the hard courts in Southeast Asia soon. With two Champions Tour tournaments victories under his belt in as many tries, former World No. 1 Pete Sampras may already feel like he can compete with the best players in the world, no matter what age they are.

Sampras and current World No.1 Roger Federer will play in an exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur in November to celebrate Malaysia's 50th year of independence, event organizers said Wednesday.

With 10 career grand slam titles on his resume, the Swiss-born Federer will face the 35-year-old legend in a match that is being billed as the 'Clash of the Times'.

Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam winner, said he expects Federer to surpass his record.

"I hold the record for most Grand Slam titles ever but I am confident that Roger will break that record some day," Sampras said in a statement.

"For us to play each other while I am still young enough to play very competitively is truly special. Having this take place in Asia is remarkable for tennis," he said.

The pair have faced each other just once on the ATP Tour when Federer beat Sampras in a thrilling five-setter in the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon Grand Slam.

The loss ended Sampras' 31-match unbeaten streak at the All England Club.

"To play against Pete is a dream come true," Federer said in a statement. "I am so excited to play Pete and I am really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time."

The match is scheduled for Nov. 22 as part of the Merdeka (Independence) Tennis Challenge that includes the inaugural Malaysia Open Championship and a second-tier Challenger tour event.

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:02 PM
FOX SPORTS.


Battle of the ages: Federer, Sampras face off

Associated Press
Posted: 6 hours ago



HONG KONG (AP) - Former world No. 1 Pete Sampras will take on top-ranked Roger Federer for three exhibition matches throughout Asia in November.


Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Sampras, who retired in 2002, will play Federer in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22, at the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau on Nov. 24 and at a third location to be determined on Nov. 20, organizers said Wednesday.

Nick Freyer, senior vice president of sports management company IMG Tennis Asia, said in a statement that the tour originated from hitting sessions between the two players.

Sampras and Federer practiced together earlier this year in March at Sampras' home in Los Angeles as part of Federer's preparations for the Indian Wells tournament.

"Obviously he's a great player, but I felt like I didn't embarrass myself out there. I feel like I can hold my own," Sampras was quoted as saying in the statement.

Sampras, 35, said his strategy for beating Federer, who is 10 years his junior, was to stay aggressive.

"Roger's game doesn't have many cracks ... It's one of those sorts of matchups where either I just need to overwhelm him with some power and try to come in and hopefully serve well," he said.

The two players, considered among the best to have ever played the game, will play best of three tiebreak sets in Macau and Kuala Lumpur. The format for the third stop wasn't immediately clear.

The match in Kuala Lumpur has been billed as part of Malaysia's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations.

"I am so excited to play Pete and I am really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time," said Federer. "There is no doubt that we will play some great tennis."

Federer and Sampras will play on indoor carpet in Macau at The Venetian Macau resort. The surfaces for the two other matches wasn't immediately known.

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 exhibition matches and in the World Team Tennis league before deciding to pick up his training following an exhibition with four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier. Sampras recently made his debut in the senior tennis tour.

Sampras won a record 14 major titles, including a record seven Wimbledon wins and was ranked No. 1 for a record 286 weeks.

Federer has won 10 Grand Slam titles, including three consecutive Wimbledon and U.S. Open wins.

In their only ATP matchup, Federer beat Sampras 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 in the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2001 .

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:05 PM
Federer faces Sampras in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur (dpa) - The dream exhibition of the tennis generations is booked for November 22 in Kuala Lumpur when reigning king Roger Federer faces the old master Pete Sampras to celebrate 50 years of Malaysian independence.

Federer, with 10 Grand Slam titles including the last four Wimbledon crowns, is fast-tracking to break the all-time Sampras record of 14 singles titles at the majors.

The players will also meet two days later on the island of Macau near Hong Kong in another sure sell-out.

The pair played only once at the ATP level, with the then teenage Federer stunning Sampras in five sets in the 2002 fourth round at Wimbledon, perhaps the win that launched the Swiss hero's career.

The victory cut off a 31-match unbeaten run for the American at the All England Club.

"I hold the record for most Grand Slam titles ever but I am confident that Roger will break that record some day," Sampras, 35, said."For us to play each other while I am still young enough to play very competitively is truly special.

"Having this take place in Asia is remarkable for tennis."

The exhibition echoes another from a year ago when Federer met Rafael Nadal in Seoul, another payday scheduled after the end of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.

"To play against Pete is a dream come true," said Federer. "I am so excited to play Pete and I am really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time."

Federer and Sampras had a private hit last March in Los Angeles prior to the Indian Wells Masters.

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:12 PM
Venetian Macao hosts historic tennis match
23 May 2007


MACAO -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, a Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) property, today announced it will play host to a historic match between two of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Current World No. 1 Roger Federer will take on former No.1 Pete Sampras, in what is set to be one of the most anticipated events in world tennis, at The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, to be played on Saturday November 24, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel's stunning new event center in the People's Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macao.

"We are delighted to bring to Macao what has to be one of the most thrilling match-ups in international tennis," said William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "The tennis world has always compared and contrasted these two greats of the game since Pete Sampras retired in 2002. We now have the prospect of an absolutely classic game between two phenomenal sportsmen."

"This is an exciting and unique event and we are proud to be establishing an enviable reputation for bringing world class sport and entertainment to Macao," continued Weidner. "With our Manchester United fixture in July, our NBA China Games 2007 games featuring the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers in October and now the Sampras v Federer Showdown, we are truly living up to our promise to make The Venetian Macao the pre-eminent destination for sports and entertainment events, to compliment our incredible combination of shopping, dining, leisure and recreation."

In the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon, Federer beat Sampras on the only occasion they have previously played. Sampras holds the most Grand Slams (14) and the most Wimbledon Titles (7). He also holds the record for the most number of weeks as world No 1, a staggering 286 weeks. Since Sampras' retirement from competitive tennis Roger Federer reigns supreme, and is only matched with Rafael Nadal among his peers.

Nick Freyer, senior vice president, IMG Tennis, Asia, revealed how this Tennis Showdown first became a reality. "Roger contacted Pete in Los Angeles, and Pete invited him to play at his house. They hit a few balls, played some points then some sets. The scores were close and Pete was thrilled with the way he played. From this game the idea of a Tennis Showdown was born."

Said Pete Sampras of the recent meeting, the first time both players have been together on a tennis court since Wimbledon: "I was very happy that I held my own. It was great to play Roger and it was terrific fun." For Federer it was also a memorable occasion: "The game was close and Pete was playing great tennis, but not good enough to beat me. I won't be telling you the score though!"

Federer continued, "The tennis was so good that we felt it was a pity not to share the shots, energy, and excitement with the world one more time. We are both delighted to be visiting Asia and Macao and putting on a great game for our many fans in the region."

At a press conference in Hong Kong today, Mr. Weidner joined Pete Sampras in a live call to announce details of the Macao match. The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown will be the most sought after tennis event of 2007 and IMG is expecting to sell over 10,000 tickets, with full pricing details to be announced at a later date. The game is set to attract the biggest audience ever for a tennis match in Macao, Hong Kong and Southern China and one of the largest ever in Asia.

Sampras retired from professional tennis five years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 US Open and capture a record fourteenth singles Grand Slam title. During his career, Sampras won sixty-four top-level singles titles (including fourteen Grand Slams and eleven ATP Masters Series titles). He was ranked the World No. 1 for a record 286 weeks and was year-end No. 1 for a record six consecutive years, from 1993 through 1998. He resumed training earlier this year and since his return, remains undefeated in official tournament play and is on an eight match winning run with back-to-back title wins at Champions tournaments in Boston and in his native Greece.

Roger Federer is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world and many experts and his own peers believe he may prove to be the greatest player in history. He has won ten Grand Slam men's singles titles in thirty-one appearances, three Tennis Masters Cup titles and thirteen ATP Masters Series titles. In 2004, the Swiss became the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three of four Grand Slam singles tournaments in the same year. In 2006, he repeated this feat and became the first man in the open era to win at least ten singles tournaments in three consecutive years.

He is also the only player to have won both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles in three consecutive years (2004-2006). In 2007, when Federer won his third Australian Open title, he became the only male player to have won three separate Grand Slam tournaments three times. There has been considerable speculation about Federer possibly becoming in 2007 the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. Federer already has won the first Grand Slam tournament of this year, the Australian Open.

Federer has been ranked No. 1 in the world since February 2, 2004 and holds the all-time record for most consecutive weeks as the top-ranked male player. On April 2, 2007 he was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record third consecutive time. Just this month he was named as one of Time Magazine's top 100 most influential people of 2007 and this past Sunday, Roger Federer again made tennis history when he defeated Rafael Nadal at the Hamburg Masters to end Nadal's record 81 match winning streak on clay.

The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown is the grand finale of a three-leg Sampras v Federer Asia exhibition match tour, which includes Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22 and a match on November 20 at a third location yet to be announced.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel will be one of the largest hotels in Asia and will be Macao's first true mega-resort. It will feature 3,000 all-suite rooms, 1.2 million-square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, and an impressive array of dining, shopping and recreation options.

Greg-Pete fan
05-23-2007, 08:12 PM
It will be great match. They should play doubles at Wimbledon too:worship: Do you agree with me angiel?:p

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:15 PM
Published Date: 23 May 2007
Location: The Press Association Newsdesk

Federer to face Sampras





Roger Federer will meet Pete Sampras in a match billed as the Clash of Times as part of Malaysia's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations in Kuala Lumpur on November 22.

Federer boasts 10 Grand Slam titles to his name and has been ranked number one in the world since February 2004, while Sampras, 35, dominated tennis throughout the 1990s, claiming a record 14 Grand Slam successes.

Sampras, who is looking forward to locking horns with the 25-year-old Swiss superstar, said: "Roger and I playing each other is great for the game of tennis. It will definitely create a lot of interest. I am sure I will be a little nervous as there is a lot of history there."

He added: "I hold the record for most Grand Slam titles but I am confident that Roger will break that record someday.

"For us to play each other while I am still young enough to play competitively is truly special. Having this also take place in Asia is remarkable for tennis."

The pair only met once before Sampras' retirement in 2002, at Wimbledon in 2001 where Federer caused an upset in five sets on the duo's favourite grass surface.

The players practised together in March at Sampras' Los Angeles home as part of Federer's preparations for the Indian Wells Masters Series tournament. And the exercise proved so successful they decided to take each other on in a more competitive environment.

"To play against Pete is a dream come true," Federer said. "The only time I ever played him was in my first Centre Court appearance at Wimbledon in that famous match which I won 7-5 in the fifth set.

"I was still very young and Pete was clearly dominant at that time. After practising together and seeing how well Pete can still play, I felt we should share our brand of tennis with the fans.

"I'm really looking forward to visiting Malaysia for the first time. There is no doubt that we will play some great tennis."



Copyright (c) PA Sport Ltd. 2007, All Rights Reserved.
Last Updated: 23 May 2007

angiel
05-23-2007, 08:19 PM
Sampras, Federer to Face Off at Challenge of the Champions at The Venetian Macao
Posted : Wed, 23 May 2007 06:50:01 GMT
Author : Las Vegas Sands Corp.; Venetian Macao
Category : PressRelease


HONG KONG, May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, a Las Vegas Sands Corp. property, today announced it will play host to a historic match between two of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Current World No. 1 Roger Federer will take on former No.1 Pete Sampras, in what is set to be one of the most anticipated events in world tennis, at The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, to be played on Saturday November 24, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel's stunning new event center in the People's Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macao.

"We are delighted to bring to Macao what has to be one of the most thrilling match-ups in international tennis," said William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "The tennis world has always compared and contrasted these two greats of the game since Pete Sampras retired in 2002. We now have the prospect of an absolutely classic game between two phenomenal sportsmen."

"This is an exciting and unique event and we are proud to be establishing an enviable reputation for bringing world class sport and entertainment to Macao," continued Weidner. "With our Manchester United fixture in July, our NBA China Games 2007 games featuring the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers in October and now the Sampras v Federer Showdown, we are truly living up to our promise to make The Venetian Macao the pre-eminent destination for sports and entertainment events, to compliment our incredible combination of shopping, dining, leisure and recreation."

In the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon, Federer beat Sampras on the only occasion they have previously played. Sampras holds the most Grand Slams (14) and the most Wimbledon Titles (7). He also holds the record for the most number of weeks as world No 1, a staggering 286 weeks. Since Sampras' retirement from competitive tennis Roger Federer reigns supreme, and is only matched with Rafael Nadal among his peers.

Nick Freyer, senior vice president, IMG Tennis, Asia, revealed how this Tennis Showdown first became a reality. "Roger contacted Pete in Los Angeles, and Pete invited him to play at his house. They hit a few balls, played some points then some sets. The scores were close and Pete was thrilled with the way he played. From this game the idea of a Tennis Showdown was born."

Said Pete Sampras of the recent meeting, the first time both players have been together on a tennis court since Wimbledon: "I was very happy that I held my own. It was great to play Roger and it was terrific fun." For Federer it was also a memorable occasion: "The game was close and Pete was playing great tennis, but not good enough to beat me. I won't be telling you the score though!"

Federer continued, "The tennis was so good that we felt it was a pity not to share the shots, energy, and excitement with the world one more time. We are both delighted to be visiting Asia and Macao and putting on a great game for our many fans in the region."

At a press conference in Hong Kong today, Mr. Weidner joined Pete Sampras in a live call to announce details of the Macao match. The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown will be the most sought after tennis event of 2007 and IMG is expecting to sell over 10,000 tickets, with full pricing details to be announced at a later date. The game is set to attract the biggest audience ever for a tennis match in Macao, Hong Kong and Southern China and one of the largest ever in Asia.

Sampras retired from professional tennis five years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 US Open and capture a record fourteenth singles Grand Slam title. During his career, Sampras won sixty-four top-level singles titles (including fourteen Grand Slams and eleven ATP Masters Series titles). He was ranked the World No. 1 for a record 286 weeks and was year-end No. 1 for a record six consecutive years, from 1993 through 1998. He resumed training earlier this year and since his return, remains undefeated in official tournament play and is on an eight match winning run with back-to-back title wins at Champions tournaments in Boston and in his native Greece.

Roger Federer is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world and many experts and his own peers believe he may prove to be the greatest player in history. He has won ten Grand Slam men's singles titles in thirty-one appearances, three Tennis Masters Cup titles and thirteen ATP Masters Series titles. In 2004, the Swiss became the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three of four Grand Slam singles tournaments in the same year. In 2006, he repeated this feat and became the first man in the open era to win at least ten singles tournaments in three consecutive years.

He is also the only player to have won both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles in three consecutive years (2004-2006). In 2007, when Federer won his third Australian Open title, he became the only male player to have won three separate Grand Slam tournaments three times. There has been considerable speculation about Federer possibly becoming in 2007 the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. Federer already has won the first Grand Slam tournament of this year, the Australian Open.

Federer has been ranked No. 1 in the world since February 2, 2004 and holds the all-time record for most consecutive weeks as the top-ranked male player. On April 2, 2007 he was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record third consecutive time. Just this month he was named as one of Time Magazine's top 100 most influential people of 2007 and this past Sunday, Roger Federer again made tennis history when he defeated Rafael Nadal at the Hamburg Masters to end Nadal's record 81 match winning streak on clay.

The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown is the grand finale of a three-leg Sampras v Federer Asia exhibition match tour, which includes Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22 and a match on November 20 at a third location yet to be announced.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel will be one of the largest hotels in Asia and will be Macao's first true mega-resort. It will feature 3,000 all-suite rooms, 1.2 million-square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, and an impressive array of dining, shopping and recreation options.

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angiel
05-23-2007, 08:21 PM
It will be great match. They should play doubles at Wimbledon too:worship: Do you agree with me angiel?:p


I agree and I think Pete should make another play at Wimbledon too, next year, the whole world would love that.:worship: :worship: :angel: :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
05-24-2007, 06:11 PM
Press Release: Venetian Macao hosts historic tennis match

May 23, 2007

MACAO -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, a Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) property, today announced it will play host to a historic match between two of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Current World No. 1 Roger Federer will take on former No.1 Pete Sampras, in what is set to be one of the most anticipated events in world tennis, at The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, to be played on Saturday November 24, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel's stunning new event center in the People's Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macao.

"We are delighted to bring to Macao what has to be one of the most thrilling match-ups in international tennis," said William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "The tennis world has always compared and contrasted these two greats of the game since Pete Sampras retired in 2002. We now have the prospect of an absolutely classic game between two phenomenal sportsmen."

"This is an exciting and unique event and we are proud to be establishing an enviable reputation for bringing world class sport and entertainment to Macao," continued Weidner. "With our Manchester United fixture in July, our NBA China Games 2007 games featuring the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers in October and now the Sampras v Federer Showdown, we are truly living up to our promise to make The Venetian Macao the pre-eminent destination for sports and entertainment events, to compliment our incredible combination of shopping, dining, leisure and recreation."

In the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon, Federer beat Sampras on the only occasion they have previously played. Sampras holds the most Grand Slams (14) and the most Wimbledon Titles (7). He also holds the record for the most number of weeks as world No 1, a staggering 286 weeks. Since Sampras' retirement from competitive tennis Roger Federer reigns supreme, and is only matched with Rafael Nadal among his peers.

Nick Freyer, senior vice president, IMG Tennis, Asia, revealed how this Tennis Showdown first became a reality. "Roger contacted Pete in Los Angeles, and Pete invited him to play at his house. They hit a few balls, played some points then some sets. The scores were close and Pete was thrilled with the way he played. From this game the idea of a Tennis Showdown was born."

Said Pete Sampras of the recent meeting, the first time both players have been together on a tennis court since Wimbledon: "I was very happy that I held my own. It was great to play Roger and it was terrific fun." For Federer it was also a memorable occasion: "The game was close and Pete was playing great tennis, but not good enough to beat me. I won't be telling you the score though!"

Federer continued, "The tennis was so good that we felt it was a pity not to share the shots, energy, and excitement with the world one more time. We are both delighted to be visiting Asia and Macao and putting on a great game for our many fans in the region."

At a press conference in Hong Kong today, Mr. Weidner joined Pete Sampras in a live call to announce details of the Macao match. The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown will be the most sought after tennis event of 2007 and IMG is expecting to sell over 10,000 tickets, with full pricing details to be announced at a later date. The game is set to attract the biggest audience ever for a tennis match in Macao, Hong Kong and Southern China and one of the largest ever in Asia.

Sampras retired from professional tennis five years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 US Open and capture a record fourteenth singles Grand Slam title. During his career, Sampras won sixty-four top-level singles titles (including fourteen Grand Slams and eleven ATP Masters Series titles). He was ranked the World No. 1 for a record 286 weeks and was year-end No. 1 for a record six consecutive years, from 1993 through 1998. He resumed training earlier this year and since his return, remains undefeated in official tournament play and is on an eight match winning run with back-to-back title wins at Champions tournaments in Boston and in his native Greece.

Roger Federer is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the world and many experts and his own peers believe he may prove to be the greatest player in history. He has won ten Grand Slam men's singles titles in thirty-one appearances, three Tennis Masters Cup titles and thirteen ATP Masters Series titles. In 2004, the Swiss became the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three of four Grand Slam singles tournaments in the same year. In 2006, he repeated this feat and became the first man in the open era to win at least ten singles tournaments in three consecutive years.

He is also the only player to have won both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles in three consecutive years (2004-2006). In 2007, when Federer won his third Australian Open title, he became the only male player to have won three separate Grand Slam tournaments three times. There has been considerable speculation about Federer possibly becoming in 2007 the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. Federer already has won the first Grand Slam tournament of this year, the Australian Open.

Federer has been ranked No. 1 in the world since February 2, 2004 and holds the all-time record for most consecutive weeks as the top-ranked male player. On April 2, 2007 he was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record third consecutive time. Just this month he was named as one of Time Magazine's top 100 most influential people of 2007 and this past Sunday, Roger Federer again made tennis history when he defeated Rafael Nadal at the Hamburg Masters to end Nadal's record 81 match winning streak on clay.

The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown is the grand finale of a three-leg Sampras v Federer Asia exhibition match tour, which includes Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 22 and a match on November 20 at a third location yet to be announced.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel will be one of the largest hotels in Asia and will be Macao's first true mega-resort. It will feature 3,000 all-suite rooms, 1.2 million-square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, and an impressive array of dining, shopping and recreation options.

Source:
www.samprasfanz.com

angiel
05-24-2007, 11:15 PM
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/5/24/sports/17818481&sec=sports

angiel
05-24-2007, 11:19 PM
By MARC BERMAN
May 24, 2007 --






Meanwhile, it was announced Sampras, undefeated on the senior tour run, will face Federer in exhibitions in November. A tennis source said Sampras, who practiced with Federer in March, is considering making a real comeback but leaning against it.

"There's talk maybe he's thinking about playing Wimbledon, that he still thinks he can do some damage," McEnroe said. "I still don't think he can win it. I think he would only go if he thought he could win. But it would certainly be good for tennis if he gave it a shot."

marc.berman@nypost.com

angiel
05-24-2007, 11:25 PM
2007/05/24

TENNIS: Pistol Pete is coming to town

Ajitpal Singh



DIE-HARD tennis fans are in for a rollicking time when World No 1 Roger Federer plays former tennis great Pete Sampras, and Rafael Nadal against a mystery opponent, in exhibition matches as part of the inaugural Merdeka Tennis Challenge at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam on Nov 22.

The Merdeka Tennis Challenge will also comprise the richest ATP Challenger Series to date — the inaugural US$150,000 (about RM508,000) Malaysia Open Tennis Championships which is expected to attract singles and doubles players from the world’s top 100, on Nov 18-25.

The tournament, which is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), was officially announced in Bandar Sunway yesterday.

This is the first time in 10 years that Malaysia will host a world class tennis championship.

The Federer-Sampras match, billed as ‘The Clash of Times’, will be the second of two exhibition matches — the first, it is learnt, will be between Nadal, the World No 2, and a yet-to-be-announced opponent.

Federer and Sampras only faced each other once on the ATP tour which was in the fourth round of the 2001 Wimbledon Open, where the Swiss won in five sets.

Federer in a recorded message, said he was looking forward to playing Sampras, the former World No 1, in Kuala Lumpur.

"I’m also looking forward to making my first stopover in Kuala Lumpur and be part of the Merdeka Tennis Challenge," said the 25-year-old, who ended Nadal’s 81-match winning streak on clay at the Hamburg Open on Sunday.

Federer, who trained with Sampras in Los Angeles before the Indian Wells Open in March, added: "After playing together and seeing how well Sampras can still play, I reckon it will be a tough match in Kuala Lumpur."

For the record, Federer, who has won 10 grand slams to date, has been World No 1 since 2004.

Meanwhile, Sampras in a teleconference interview, said he was confident of giving Federer a run for his money in Kuala Lumpur.

"I have been keeping myself competitive by playing in the Seniors Tour. Overall, my game is still there but it needs a little polishing," said the 36-year-old American, who made a grand debut in this year’s Seniors Tours by winning the Champions Cup in Boston and the Athens Champions Cup, both this month.

Sampras added that while he dominated the game in his heyday, Federer is doing it much better now.

"I hold the record for most grand slams won at 14 but I’m confident Federer will break that record someday. I think he could win another six to eight grand slams before he decides to retire."

Sampras also picked Federer to win the French Open which starts on Sunday.

The event is part of the Malaysia’s 50th Merdeka celebrations and Visit Malaysia Year festivities and is fully sponsored by private and corporate firms.

One wild card for a Malaysian is guaranteed for the tournament proper.

The organisers — First Events Promotions Sdn Hbd and Hong Kong-based Worldwide Entertaining Group are still at the discussion stage on the eight wild cards for the qualifiers and another four for the singles main draw but one is guaranteed for Malaysia.

Two wild cards are on offer for the doubles which would likely be awarded to foreign players.

The singles main draw is for 32 while the doubles for 16.

angiel
05-24-2007, 11:27 PM
Sampras vs Fedex
Thursday, May 24, 2007 09:21:07 am

Pete Sampras and Roger Federer have played just one match before - robbing tennis fans of what could have been the greatest rivalry ever. Pete Sampras retired long before the current number Roger Federer reached his peak, but fans don't need to despair as they face each other in a three match series in the Challenge of Champions this November.

The pair will kick off the first match in Kuala Lumpur and wrap up in the Chinese Gambling enclave of Macau, with Macau already hosting an exhibition match of Manchester United and a Chinese club, organisers want to continue their strategy of trying to provide entertainment beyond the casino floors.

"Between Man U and NBA and then this match, we're going to constantly move forward with every type of sporting event you could possibly think of, every one, and every type of entertainment we're going to bring into this 15,000 seat arena. We're planning on a fight right now that we're working on, we also keep talking about other entertainment as far as the top Asian artists besides the US artists,” says Mark Brown, President of Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel.

Sampras has played very little competitive tennis in the last 5 years, but his form on the seniors tour has led some of his peers to suggest he play this year’s Wimbledon. He may not be able to stop Federer from getting a consecutive 5th Wimbledon the way Federer stopped him from getting his - but the matches later this year will definitely be ones to look out for

angiel
05-30-2007, 08:14 PM
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Federer To Face Sampras In Asian Exhibitions



By Tennis Week
05/23/2007

Roger Federer has faced Pete Sampras on the most prestigious patch of grass in the sport and on Sampras' backyard court. In November, the current and former World No. 1 players will face off in a series of exhibition matches staged on indoor carpet courts in three Asian cities.


The best-of-three set matches will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in a city to be announced at a later date, Thursday, Nov. 22 in Kuala Lumpur and on Saturday, Nov. 24 in Macao. The Malaysian match billed as the "Merdeka International Tennis Challenge" will be a tourism driven initiative held as part of the celebrations of Merdeka — the 50th anniversary of the Malaysia. The "Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown" will be title sponsored by the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel and take place at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel's new 15,000 seat arena.

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Sampras said he sees some of the qualities he exhibited in winning Wimbledon seven times in an eight-year span from 1993-2000 to four-time Wimbledon winner Federer. Both Sampras and Federer are outstanding athletes, who combined quickness agility and leaping ability to play explosive all-court tennis.

"When I look at Roger, I'm a fan," Sampras said. "I mean, I'm a fan of how he plays, what he's about, just the fact that I think he's a class guy on and off the court. He's fun to watch. Just his athletic ability, what he's able to do on the run. I think he can and will break every tennis record out there. I just think he's the only really great player I see playing. I think Nadal is really good and he's a great player, but I just think there's less of him. Today I think Roger is two, three levels above the rest. The fact that he seems like he's even getting better. You combine all that, I don't really see anyone threatening the No. 1 ranking. I think he's just too consistent and too good and has a fear factor in everyone else that I had at times, but I think he has it even more."

Their lone professional meeting came, appropriately enough, on the lawn of the All England Club in July of 2001. In a classic Centre Court clash, the 15th-seeded Federer stunned the seven-time Wimbledon king with a dramatic 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5 fourth-round triumph that was both a coming of age for Federer and the end of an era for Sampras. Federer's victory snapped Sampras' 31-match Wimbledon winning streak and came nearly three years to the day after he swept the Wimbledon singles and doubles junior titles.

Staring across the net, Sampras couldn't help but see the similarities between himself and Federer. From strong serve, the athletic, all-court attack, the one-handed backhand, the understated demeanor on court and even the same Wilson Pro Staff racquet, there is a shared style between the players.

"At the time, I wasn't sure. I knew he was talented. I mean, I knew he was really, really good," Sampras said. "I actually didn't play a bad match. I just lost a tight one at the end. I didn't know how far he was going to take it and where he was going to go. I think I've seen him the last couple years just get a little better, a little better, just kind of figure it out. You just kind of figure it out on your own. He has his formula for being the best player in the world, like I had. I didn't know if he was going to dominate like he is today, but just who I see, him playing the way he's playing, I just think he's really, really good. Kind of sit back and watch him, put myself on the other side of the net, see how I would play him. You know, I think we both would have our hands full."

In March, Federer called Sampras prior to playing Indian Wells, Sampras invited Federer over to his Los Angeles home and the pair played competitive practice sets on Sampras' backyard court in their first meeting since the 2001 Wimbledon.

"I was very happy that I held my own," Sampras said. "It was great to play Roger and it was terrific fun."

Federer was pleased with the qualify of play that day and from that backyard match the idea of staging an exhibition was born.

"The game was close and Pete was playing great tennis, but not good enough to beat me. I won't be telling you the score though!" Federer said. "The tennis was so good that we felt it was a pity not to share the shots, energy, and excitement with the world one more time. We are both delighted to be visiting Asia and Macao and putting on a great game for our many fans in the region."

angiel
06-02-2007, 08:18 PM
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Tennis Stars Sampras and Federer to Meet in Asia Tour
2007-05-23 21:53:27 AFP

World number one Roger Federer and seven times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras will clash in a three-city Asian exhibition tour in November, organizers said Wednesday.

Swiss maestro Federer and American master Sampras, considered among the two greatest players of all time, will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and then at the soon-to-be-launched Venetian Macau resort.

The two met at competitive level only once in their careers, in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2001.

Federer won in five sets, effectively signalling the beginning of the end of Sampras' reign as world number one during which he won a record 14 Grand Slam titles.

"It will be a dream come true for me to play Pete again," Federer said in a recorded video message at the series' launch in Hong Kong.

Sampras, who retired from top-flight tennis in 2002, said he expects Federer to beat his 14 Grand Slam titles. The Swiss currently has 10.

"Playing Roger will be so special. He's dominating his generation as I had dominated mine but he's doing it much better than I ever did," he told reporters in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.

"I've been number one for a long period of time. He's probably going to break that record, he's on his way to winning more than 14, at least 17-18 majors the way he's playing," he said.

The series kicks off in Seoul on November 20, moves to the Malaysian capital on November 22 and concludes at the 15,000-seater Venetian Macau arena on November 24.

The Sampras-Federer showdown is part of a series of sporting exhibition events to mark opening of the Venetian, which will be the world's largest hotel and casino, this summer.

Highlights include a match between English Premier League champions Manchester United and China's national side and a basketball tournament featuring NBA sides Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

almouchie
06-06-2007, 11:07 AM
I am planning to make the trip hopefully
thou still waiting on confirmation & exact dates of these matches
one is in KL &another is in nearby island to mark 50yrs of Malayisa
who could have pulled such a scalp
I wonder

angiel
06-07-2007, 08:44 PM
I am planning to make the trip hopefully
thou still waiting on confirmation & exact dates of these matches
one is in KL &another is in nearby island to mark 50yrs of Malayisa
who could have pulled such a scalp
I wonder


I think IMG has something to do with it, plus Pete & Roger themselves.:worship: :worship: :angel: