i'm sure that Sampras would rather face Agassi....

09-07-2002, 11:42 PM
...in the finals tomorrow. he has a winning record against him after all. also, Sampras has a way of getting it up for Agassi in a way that he doesn't against any other opponent. :eek: if he was facing Hewitt in the finals tomorrow, the Android wouldn't be able to sleep tonite, he'd be so damn scared. but just the sight of Agassi and his serves start falling in like clockwork, his forehand starts to rip and his feet start moving like a flipping gazelle. he's a machine i tell ya, and he's programed to beat Agassi.

if Agassi pulls this off tomorrow, the Android will be crushed. and i will be thrilled. but i'm not holding my breath.

my only hope is Stefanie. i hope she gives her husband the right pep-talk tonite. he's gonna need it tomorrow.

i wish i could console myself with the peeling he put on the Potato. but i can't. i'm quite fed up of seeing Andre lose to the Android. :mad:

09-08-2002, 12:12 AM
True, but Pete would have annihilated Hewitt tomorow, and here's why: Lleyton has it in his mind that he has to have a big serve to stay #1. And it ain't working this summer. He served big in England although he probably didn't even have to. But, it's not been there in NY, under 50% for the fortnight. If Pete got to look at all those second serves, he would have been all over the net. Lleyton needs to take a cue from Andre and get a high percentage in, go for placement not power. If he had today, I feel he still would have lost because Andre had the better of him when the ball was in play today, so maybe he felt he had to go for more. But, to beat Pete in the future, Lleyton will have to take something off his first serve. In sum, I actually believe Andre has a better chance tomorrow than Hewitt would have, but it may be moot because Pete's has gotten his serve to that virtually unbreakable level. When Andre has beaten Pete when they're both on, it's about slipping through that tiny 5 - 10% window that Pete will give you. He simply just has to capitalize on the very few chances he will have.

09-08-2002, 12:30 AM
At least Hewitt lost. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY I can't explain how happy I am. I like it when he looses more than any other player. He seems like such a jerk.

the cat
09-08-2002, 12:42 AM
Get ready for #14 TC! ;) Sampras owns Agassi in the slams.
And Pete's not tired heading into the final the way he was the past 2 years.

This is amazing that Agassi and Samprass are playing in another grand slam final! I hope it's a great match. And I hope the greatest player of all tome wins. But I'll be happy for Andre if he wins. His wrist injury at the beginning of the year looked like it might be career threatening. But look at Andre now! :)

Sampras in four sets!

09-08-2002, 02:24 AM
Oh My God! The cat picked Pete to win! :sad: :sad:

Seriously now, Pete has the edge in history and all. BUT you have to remember he has this major problem winning tournaments since a long time.
If I was Andre, I would try to hang in there and wait untill the little window wraith talked about, which might come earlier due to the fact that Sampras can feel the pressure.
If I was Pete, I would try to block the "final jinx" and go for my game. Force the first serve, force the second serve, attack the net and see what happens.

I hope Pete wins, but I wouldnt count it as done yet.

09-08-2002, 03:42 AM
yes pete is the favourite but since agassi beat the very in form hewitt, i don't know whether pete can win :( but i just wish pete will fight to the end, not too tired and end his losing streak :)

lets go Pete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get back the old glory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-08-2002, 01:19 PM
even if Pete is as tired as a worn out dray-horse, just the scent of Agassi will revive him. i swear, it's like a tonic. do you know why folks say that Pete is lazy? bec he doesn't need to go to the gym. all he needs is a whiff of eau d'Agassi and he comes out flying...;) ;) mark my words...:p

09-08-2002, 01:51 PM

the cat
09-08-2002, 03:38 PM
Great point TC about Sampras getting pumped up for Agassi! :)

But TC, I think you're really using reverse psychology on Sampras. Pumping him up like that. And saying all he needs is to know he's playing Agassi and he will be flying high! You're trying to jinx him!

And Hitman made a pertinent point about Sampras having not won a tournament in over 2 years. That might play a role in this final, too.

09-09-2002, 12:21 AM

OK, who's still doubting me??? i tell ya, Eau de Baldy is an aprodisiac for the Android. :eek: :eek:

09-09-2002, 03:00 AM
LOL tc. So true. :p

09-09-2002, 11:16 AM
Originally posted by mboyle1988
At least Hewitt lost. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY I can't explain how happy I am. I like it when he looses more than any other player. He seems like such a jerk.

That's strange...he was really nice to my friends WHEN THEY MET HIM!

the cat
09-09-2002, 03:42 PM
Well TC, you were right about your theory of how Sampras would rise to the occasion because of Agassi! :)

Now I just don't want to see Sampras' tennis fall into the abyss again! :eek: How can he possibly retain the hunger to win another grand slam title?

Will he even fulfill his Davis Cup committment the rest of this year?

09-09-2002, 04:04 PM
if y'all want to see Sampras not re-plunge into the abyss, then find a way to steal some of Agassi's dirty towels for him. that way Pete can keep smelling them if ever he wants a re-charge. it's his battery-fluid i tell ya...:eek: :eek:

09-10-2002, 09:21 AM
LOL at tennischick, how about the dirty socks of andre :D:D

09-10-2002, 03:12 PM
i dunno about the socks Mimi. that might be going too far. but when i recall the way Pete asked that ball-boy to reach up his shorts to get the ball, maybe some of Andre's underwear might do the trick...:p :p

09-10-2002, 03:14 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020909/capt.1031530687.us_open_tennis_xnyf160.jpg :eek:

09-10-2002, 03:17 PM
LOL!!!!!!! :D :D

now it looks as if my underwear theory has reverse support!!!! :eek:

09-10-2002, 03:19 PM
Sampras may sign off

By John Parsons (Filed: 10/09/2002)

For almost two years, while many have been urging Pete Sampras to call it a day before his star totally faded, he has steadfastly insisted: "I'll only retire on my terms - not because others think I should do so."

Over the next few weeks he might just decide that those terms have now been met after dramatically winning his 14th Grand Slam title against Andre Agassi, the opponent he most respects, in a way which even he doubts can ever be surpassed.

"This one might take the cake," said the normally reserved Sampras, who had climbed into the stand with the cheers of 23,000 people ringing in his ears to hug his wife, Bridgette, who is expecting their first child in December.

"I never thought anything would surpass what happened at Wimbledon a couple of years ago [when he broke Roy Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam men's singles titles]. But the way I've been going this year, to come through that and play the way I did today is awesome," he said after putting away the leaping, backhand cross-court volley which sealed his 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 US Open triumph.

Sampras confessed that there had been times in recent months when he was struggling to stay in the game. "It was then that my wife really supported me, keeping me positive and upbeat," he added as he contrasted his emotions with those he experienced after Wimbledon.

"It was night and day," he said. "Wimbledon was the low point, a shocking loss. I felt so empty. I was working hard but it wasn't clicking. Anxiety set in, you just lose a little confidence. So much of what I was going through was mental. It wasn't forehands, backhands and serves, it was my head state.

"Even though I was struggling this year and hearing this and that I felt I deserved to stop on my terms. There was a point when I was starting to believe the negative things but my wife, my family and Paul [Annacone, his coach] kept me positive. I still believed I had one more moment, may be a couple more moments. And it has happened."

Sampras had recalled Annacone, "who knows me better as a player than anyone", in the aftermath of Wimbledon. There were long heart-to-heart talks. "All I could do was to get back to the drawing board and start doing the running and the practising. It paid off this week."

What happens next?

"To beat a rival like Andre at the US Open could be a storybook ending. It might be nice to stop," he hinted. Yet almost before that suggestion could be digested there was a "But". . . a big but.

"I still want to compete. I still love to play. I want to see where I am in a couple of months - where my heart is at and my mind. Right now it's hard to talk about it. My head's spinning."

It was no wonder. From the moment Sampras and Agassi walked on to court there was an electric atmosphere in Flushing Meadows which made Sampras, facing his fifth match in five days, nervous and pumped-up.

For the first 2.5 sets he played brilliantly. By the third, fatigue was becoming evident. Volleys were being missed and for a while double faults were a concern as Agassi finally picked up his game.

The fourth game of the fourth set, when Agassi was leading 2-1, lasted 12 minutes and involved 20 points, two of them break points. It was, in Sampras' view, "massive".

"The momentum had definitely switched, the crowd was getting into it and he had a couple of break points," Sampras said. "I managed to squeak it out. It was a huge turning point just to hold on to my serve there."

The eighth game was no less scary for Sampras. He double-faulted three times and escaped another break point before finding fresh sources of strength to hit the returns which broke Agassi and left him suddenly serving for the title at 5-4.

Only then did the full sense of the occasion hit Sampras. "It all happened so quickly. I went from being a point away from a break down in the fourth to serving for the match in minutes. It was kind of eerie - but a nice way to end it."

Although the tennis did not match the sustained quality of the Sampras-Agassi quarter-final a year earlier, it was still a contest to incorporate in the annals of the game's most emotional victories.

Jaroslav Drobny finally winning Wimbledon in his third final at 32 in 1954, the glorious comeback by Goran Ivanisevic last year and Virginia Wade's 1977 Wimbledon crown are three others that immediately come to mind.

Greg Rusedski is not the only one left with a red face by Sampras's success, following the British player's indiscreet rather than wilful barbs after losing to him here. Along with many others there have been times, especially after he lost to lucky-loser George Bastle in the second round at Wimbledon this year, when I also hoped Sampras would stop so that we could remember him at his peak.

Now again, gloriously, we can.

the telegraph