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Sampras to face Haas in exhibition in San Jose

Greg-Pete fan
02-03-2008, 04:25 PM
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Pete Sampras will face former world No. 1 player Marat Safin in an exhibition during the SAP Open on Feb. 18.

Safin was granted a wild-card entry into the tournament Thursday. He will start his week by playing the exhibition against Sampras in a rematch of the 2000 U.S. Open final won by Safin in straight sets. Safin has won four of his seven career matches against Sampras.

Sampras, who retired after winning his record 14th major singles title at the 2002 U.S. Open, spent the past two summers playing in World Team Tennis events and participated on a limited basis this year on the senior circuit formed by former rival Jim Courier.

Sampras played a series of exhibition matches against Roger Federer late last year, winning the final of the three matches. Sampras will play Federer again at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 10.

Safin will play in San Jose for the second straight year. He lost in the quarterfinals last year to Benjamin Becker of Germany.


02-04-2008, 01:30 AM
let's wish pete win the match :wavey:

02-05-2008, 03:41 PM
So is that gonna be just the one match then .. or some kind of Fed-Sampras thing with 3 games altogether?
Anyone knows?

02-05-2008, 08:07 PM
That looks like a fun match. :)

Greg-Pete fan
02-17-2008, 07:48 AM
Haas Replaces Safin in Sampras Exhibition

February 13, 2008

Another player has withdrawn from the SAP Open. Marat Safin's representative told tournament director Bill Rapp on Tuesday that he won't participate in next week's event in San Jose, meaning Pete Sampras needs another opponent for Monday's exhibition.

It'll be Germany's Tommy Haas, who also will be playing in the tournament's singles field.

Safin pulled out because of a stress fracture in his right leg, which forced him from Russia's Davis Cup competition against Serbia over the weekend. He also has stomach flu.

"Initially, (the injury) was a toe, but the real issue is a stress fracture," Rapp said. "Allon (Khakshouri, Safin's agent) said he was really depressed he couldn't play in the Davis Cup, but he really wanted to play Pete Sampras. When Safin says something, you know he means it, because he doesn't say much."

On Monday, Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew from the San Jose tourney because of injuries. They were replaced by Robert Kendrick of Fresno and 6-foot-9 John Isner.

Rapp called the multiple withdrawals "uncommon" for this time of year.

The tourney has commitments from nine of the top-10 ranked Americans, including No. 6 Andy Roddick and No. 12 James Blake.

San Francisco Chronicle

02-20-2008, 01:09 PM
Should be a cool match. Wish I had the chance to see him play against Roger in NYC next month

Linda (Luton-UK)

Greg-Pete fan
02-23-2008, 11:46 AM
Pete destroyed Haas 6:4, 6:2. Great result :worship::worship::worship: