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Athens Cup: Sampras beat Martin 6-3 1-6 10-6 (TB) in the final!

Greg-Pete fan
05-20-2007, 06:11 PM
In a match that – including the waiting period due to the rain – lasted more than four hours, Pete Sampras overcame the obstacle called Todd Martin, by beating him 6-3, 1-6 and 10-6 on the tie break, to conquer the title in the ''Athens Champions Cup 2007''.

Making the most of his speed going up to the net – at least more often than his opponent did – Pete Sampras broke the game on Martin's serve to 3-1, showing his intentions of winning early on. Martin was prone to unforced errors, but it seemed that the 'God of rain' was on his side this time, and the referee had to temporarily interrupt the match.

After approximately one hundred minutes of wait, the two contenders for the title grabbed their racquets again, with 'Pistol Pete' immediately shooting out a couple of 'thunders' for 4-1. The only thing Martin was able to do was cut down the difference to 5-3, since at the crucial moment another couple of aces by Sampras confirmed who the uncontested master of the first set was (6-3).

While most fans were trying to get hold of their cameras to take photos of Sampras holding the trophy, Martin just did not quite agree with them. He dictated his pace on the match, hit some decisive aces and completely dominated over his compatriot, easily cruising to 6-1 in the second set. All of a sudden, the 37-year-old American seemed to be in a better state of mind, while Sampras – quite possibly affected by his earlier match against Courier – seemed a bit tired.

It was high time for the tie break 'Russian roulette'. Sampras quickly reached 3-0, but that did not have any impact at all on Martin, who, after some impressive returns on two consecutive smash shots from his legendary opponent, turned everything upside-down again for 3-4. With his back against the wall, Sampras 'loaded' and shot four consecutive aces to lead 7-6. Martin attempted a response, but Sampras' desire to triumph in his mother's homeland was all too obvious. With two unmet forehand shots, he reached victory with 2-1 sets, proving that even at age 36 he is still a truly exceptional tennis player.

Source:
http://www.athenschampionscup.gr/en/game-report-final.html

Greg-Pete fan
05-20-2007, 06:12 PM
The curtain fell on the “Athens Champions Cup 2007” with the award ceremony and a warm standing ovation on the part of the…resilient fans who remained until the end of the exciting final.

The Deputy Minister of Sports, Giorgos Orfanos, the General Secretary for Sports, Stavros Douvis, the president of the ''Athens Open'', Konstantinos Makrykostas, and the chairman of the ''International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum'' executive committee, Chris Clouser, congratulated all those who contributed to an impeccable and successful event; especially the athletes, the sponsors, the volunteers and the spectators.

Pete Sampras uttered some Greek words for the second time throughout his stay in Athens by saying 'efharisto' ('thank you') to everyone and left the court enjoying a last whole-hearted applause from the crowd.

Greg-Pete fan
05-21-2007, 02:33 PM
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angiel
05-21-2007, 04:23 PM
In a match that – including the waiting period due to the rain – lasted more than four hours, Pete Sampras overcame the obstacle called Todd Martin, by beating him 6-3, 1-6 and 10-6 on the tie break, to conquer the title in the ''Athens Champions Cup 2007''.

Making the most of his speed going up to the net – at least more often than his opponent did – Pete Sampras broke the game on Martin's serve to 3-1, showing his intentions of winning early on. Martin was prone to unforced errors, but it seemed that the 'God of rain' was on his side this time, and the referee had to temporarily interrupt the match.

After approximately one hundred minutes of wait, the two contenders for the title grabbed their racquets again, with 'Pistol Pete' immediately shooting out a couple of 'thunders' for 4-1. The only thing Martin was able to do was cut down the difference to 5-3, since at the crucial moment another couple of aces by Sampras confirmed who the uncontested master of the first set was (6-3).

While most fans were trying to get hold of their cameras to take photos of Sampras holding the trophy, Martin just did not quite agree with them. He dictated his pace on the match, hit some decisive aces and completely dominated over his compatriot, easily cruising to 6-1 in the second set. All of a sudden, the 37-year-old American seemed to be in a better state of mind, while Sampras – quite possibly affected by his earlier match against Courier – seemed a bit tired.

It was high time for the tie break 'Russian roulette'. Sampras quickly reached 3-0, but that did not have any impact at all on Martin, who, after some impressive returns on two consecutive smash shots from his legendary opponent, turned everything upside-down again for 3-4. With his back against the wall, Sampras 'loaded' and shot four consecutive aces to lead 7-6. Martin attempted a response, but Sampras' desire to triumph in his mother's homeland was all too obvious. With two unmet forehand shots, he reached victory with 2-1 sets, proving that even at age 36 he is still a truly exceptional tennis player.

Source:
http://www.athenschampionscup.gr/en/game-report-final.html



This is great news, the ATP tour needs him my friend.:worship: :) :D :cool: :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
05-21-2007, 04:27 PM
This is great news, the ATP tour needs him my friend.:worship: :) :D :cool: :wavey:

Of course, tennis still needs him:worship:

angiel
05-21-2007, 04:50 PM
Of course, tennis still needs him:worship:


I second that Greg, tennis really needs him, did he took his family with him to Greece???:wavey: :rolleyes: :D

Greg-Pete fan
05-21-2007, 04:55 PM
I second that Greg, tennis really needs him, did he took his family with him to Greece???:wavey: :rolleyes: :D

No, he didn`t. He said that he would take them next time :)

angiel
05-21-2007, 04:55 PM
Sampras Two-For-Two On Champions Tour Comeback, Beat Martin In Athens Finals For Second Consecutive Title

May 21, 2007 11:21 a.m. EST


Eric Williams - AHN Sports Reporter

Athens, Greece (AHN) - Another Outback Champions tournament appearance meant another tournament victory for the legendary Pete Sampras in Sunday's Athens Champions Cup final.

Sampras overpowered Todd Martin, 6-3, 1-6, 10-6, for the second time in two Champions tournaments, relying on his best weapon - his powerful serve - frequently.

Sampras ripped off two aces in the opening game, and continued to use his excellent serve and volley skills to break Martin in the fourth game and go up 3-1 in the first set.

After a short rain delay, Sampras held serve and finished off the set with two more aces.

The veteran Martin, a finalist at both the Australian and U.S. Opens when he played on the regular ATP tour, fought back, breaking Sampras in the fourth and sixth games of the second set. Martin held Sampras at love for two consecutive games to go ahead 5-1 before serving out the set.

The tiebreaker, used on the Champions tour in place of a third set, was a seesaw battle between the pair.

Martin quickly fell behind 3-0 before winning the next four points. Sampras then blasted four consecutive aces to go ahead 7-4. Sampras followed up that display of power with two crosscourt winners.

"The second set I didn't think I played that poorly, he came up with some unbelievable returns," Sampras said. "He was sort of leaning and guessing in a certain way, and he was guessing right."

Sampras' victory was his second in two Champions events this month - his first competitive tennis appearances in almost five years.

"I feel really good, I played quite well. I have a few things still left in the game," said the 14-time major winner. "It's special being here, seeing my heritage," said Sampras, "I plan on being back."

Sampras actually played twice on Sunday because of bad weather. He beat Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4 earlier in a postponed round-robin match.

Greg-Pete fan
05-21-2007, 08:10 PM
Photos from Sampras vs Martin final

Greg-Pete fan
05-21-2007, 08:12 PM
Part 2

Mimi
05-23-2007, 10:44 AM
thanks greg and angiel, btu the trophy is a bit strange fo rme :confused:

Greg-Pete fan
05-23-2007, 10:53 AM
thanks greg and angiel, btu the trophy is a bit strange fo rme :confused:

Why strange mimi?

Mimi
05-23-2007, 11:00 AM
i thought the tropies are those being pictured in the first photo? they are just some flowers :confused:
Why strange mimi?

Greg-Pete fan
05-23-2007, 11:14 AM
i thought the tropies are those being pictured in the first photo? they are just some flowers :confused:

Two photos with the trophy again (for you mimi) :)

Mimi
05-25-2007, 03:33 AM
thnak you greg :wavey:

Pammy
05-25-2007, 06:39 PM
Thank you for the pics, news and links.
It's wonderful to see Pete competing again, do what he loves so much. He seems really happy.

angiel
05-26-2007, 03:40 PM
Thank you for the pics, news and links.
It's wonderful to see Pete competing again, do what he loves so much. He seems really happy.


You are welcome Pammy.:worship: :angel: :D

angiel
05-26-2007, 04:22 PM
Sampras Claims Athens Title



By Tennis Week
05/20/2007


http://www.hindu.com/2007/05/05/images/2007050505271801.jpg


Pete Sampras capped his first-ever visit to Greece Sunday defeating Todd Martin 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 (tiebreak) in the final of the Champions Cup–Athens at the Olympic Tennis Centre.



In a match that — including rain delays — lasted more than four hours, Sampras defeated Martin for the second consecutive time in a Champions Series final to remain undefeated in his return to competitive tournament tennis with two tournament titles and eight consecutive match victories.

Sampras also defeated Martin in a decisive match tiebreak two weeks ago in the final of the Champions Cup Boston, the first tournament Sampras played since he won the 2002 U.S. Open.

"For me it is really special to win the title in a tournament played in Greece," said Sampras, a Greek-American visiting the homeland of his parents for the first time in his life. "Unfortunately, due to the weather, I have not had the chance to visit my mother’s place of origin, but at least my parents have managed to visit Selacia and Tripolis. In any case, I plan to come back to Greece with my wife and kids. I want to visit the Acropolis, because due to the corporate obligations to promote the tournament, I’ve only been able to admire it from a distance; not a big distance, but not close enough either. Overall, I feel in good shape and I think I’m still competitive at high level."

Sampras broke Martin to go up 3-1 in the first set, before rain intervened and suspended play for one hour and forty minutes. After the court was dried, Sampras was able to close out the first set 6-3.

In the second set, Martin found more consistency with his first serve that greatly benefited the six-foot, six-inch American on the lightning fast courts of the Olympic Tennis Centre.

Sampras, who defeated Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4 in his rain-delayed final round-robin match earlier in the day, appeared a step slower in his fourth set of play for the day. Martin took full advance and evened the match at one set apiece with an easy 6-1 second-set decision.

In the decisive match tiebreak, Sampras trailed 3-4, but fired four consecutive aces on his serve over the next six points to take a 7-6 lead. Three points later, he closed out the tiebreak 10-6 to claim the title.

"I think it was a difficult match," Sampras said. "I had trouble with my returns during the second set and it's not that I played poorly but my performance was not as good as I wanted. But, I managed to hit some aces in the tie break and that helped me get back on pace."

In the third-place match, Magnus Larsson of Sweden defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 6-4, 7-5.

In the day’s first match, Sampras and Courier played their rain-delayed final round-robin match, with Sampras defeating his former ATP Tour rival 6-2, 6-4 to conclude round-robin play with a perfect 3-0 record that advanced him to the championship match against Martin.

With his victory and undefeated run through round-robin play, Sampras earned 800 Champions Series points to overtake Ferreira in the Champions Series points standings with 1,600 points. Ferreira, with his fourth-place showing, earned 350 points to remain in second place with 1,250 points. Martin, with his second consecutive runner-up showing in a Champions Series event, moved into third place with 1,200 points.

The Outback Champions Series continues later this summer at the Gibson Guitar Champions Cup in Newport, R.I., August 22-26 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.