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Federer and Sampras to play exho at Madsion Square Garden

nobama
09-10-2007, 03:27 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2007-09-09/200709091189387326218.html
Q. This morning I heard a suggestion that you could be playing an exhibition early next year against Pete Sampras in the U.S. What's the story on that?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, well, we gonna play XOs obviously in Seoul, Korea, Kuala Lumpur, and also Macau at the end of the year after Shanghai, three of them in a row.

The idea came along obviously to do it in the States as well. We're going to play March 10 at Madison Square Garden here. I'm really looking forward to that. We'll first see how the first three matches go. Hopefully I don't have to come from behind, huh (smiling)?

GlennMirnyi
09-10-2007, 03:28 AM
Great stuff. GOAT vs next GOAT.

trixtah
09-10-2007, 03:39 AM
In other news, Sampras to go home crying.

savesthedizzle
09-10-2007, 03:39 AM
I'd love to go, I wonder when tickets go on sale.

fmolinari2005
09-10-2007, 03:42 AM
Great stuff. GOAT vs next GOAT.

It will be nice to see and record that match! I am starting to get tired of watching that 2001 match over and over again. :lol: :lol: :lol:

The funny thing is: when Roger faced Sampras back then, Federer played with the same racket Pete used to play. Now, Sampras play with the same racket Roger plays with!

I would say that on the tennis zoo, there is plenty of space for more than one GOAT! ;)

Johnny Groove
09-10-2007, 03:42 AM
March 10? Should he be in Indian Wells then?

mangoes
09-10-2007, 03:43 AM
Sounds good. Hopefully, I can go:D

Johnny Groove
09-10-2007, 03:44 AM
I see Sheryl is quick on the new siggie :p

Marek.
09-10-2007, 03:45 AM
March 10? Should he be in Indian Wells then?

Federer's only playing five tournaments next year.

mangoes
09-10-2007, 03:47 AM
I see Sheryl is quick on the new siggie :p

Of course:ras: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm sure when you guys reach 12, you'll understand:angel: :lol: :lol: :lol:

GlennMirnyi
09-10-2007, 03:48 AM
It will be nice to see and record that match! I am starting to get tired of watching that 2001 match over and over again. :lol: :lol: :lol:

The funny thing is: when Roger faced Sampras back then, Federer played with the same racket Pete used to play. Now, Sampras play with the same racket Roger plays with!

I would say that on the tennis zoo, there is plenty of space for more than one GOAT! ;)

Well, too bad we'll see even less S&Ving than that time.

Federer's only playing five tournaments next year.

You mean he's playing Dubai and the other 4 slams? :D

Johnny Groove
09-10-2007, 03:48 AM
Of course:ras: :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm sure when you guys read 12, you'll understand:angel: :lol: :lol: :lol:

:confused:

huh? Read 12? :confused:

mangoes
09-10-2007, 03:50 AM
:confused:

huh? Read 12? :confused:

Yes, smarty pants.........I corrected it:ras: :lol: :lol:

El Legenda
09-10-2007, 03:50 AM
Federer's only playing five tournaments next year.

5 challengers that is, he wants to reset his entry, he wants a challenge from 0 to 8000 again

Johnny Groove
09-10-2007, 03:51 AM
Yes, smarty pants.........I corrected it:ras: :lol: :lol:

oh, I get it now :kiss:

fmolinari2005
09-10-2007, 04:04 AM
Well, too bad we'll see even less S&Ving than that time.



That is a pitty. They rarely played baseline rallies on that match: it shows how things have changed since then. Just reading Fed's interview, and he says that how much it payed off that he ventured to the net, even if it costed him a couple of matches when he was younger.

Tomy
09-10-2007, 04:59 AM
5 challengers that is, he wants to reset his entry, he wants a challenge from 0 to 8000 again

True... someone said he'll be doing it playing with his left hand

RagingLamb
09-10-2007, 05:36 AM
I'm gonna try and buy a ticket for this. I wouldn't miss it for the world if it does happen.

FedFan_2007
09-10-2007, 06:05 AM
Blaze - can you get rid of that "Real #1" avatar - it's looking really ridiculous by now.

Bad Religion
09-10-2007, 06:20 AM
Pistol Pete should win

AlexNYR
09-10-2007, 10:27 PM
http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=17395&bannerregion=

The world's most famous arena will serve as the stage in a showdown between two of tennis' greatest players. Roger Federer confirmed he will play an exhibition match against 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras on March 10, 2008 at Madison Square Garden In New York City.

"We're gonna play exos in Seoul, Korea, Kuala Lumpur and also Macau at the end of the year, three of them in a row," Federer said after his 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic in Sunday's U.S. Open final. "The idea came along obviously to do it in the States as well. We're going to play March 10 at Madison Square Garden here. I'm really looking forward to that. We'll see how the first three matches go. Hopefully, I don't have to come from behind, huh?"

Best-of-three set matches will be played on 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.

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."

Lee
09-10-2007, 10:32 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=109852

Already a thread here.

R.Federer
09-10-2007, 10:32 PM
Thread already exists. Posted yesterday by Mirkaland.