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Sampras honoured after U.S. Open rematch against Safin

Greg-Pete fan
07-28-2009, 08:13 AM
Safin defeated Sampras 6:4, 3:6, 10:6 to win the "Millenium Challenge" exhibition match

In a rematch between the 2000 US Open finalists on opening night at the LA Tennis Open presented by Farmers Insurance, Russian Marat Safin once again got the better of American Pete Sampras, prevailing in the Match Tie-break 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 to win the “Millennium Challenge” exhibition match.

Despite the defeat, Sampras still managed to finish the night a winner, receiving his award as the 2009 LA Tennis Open Tournament Honoree following the exhibition. The two-time Los Angeles champion celebrated the honour on court with his parents, siblings, wife and children.

“I don’t play in LA too often, and even though I lived in Florida for a few years, when I was playing I always felt like my roots were here,” the 37-year-old Sampras said afterwards. “It’s nice to be back, nice to play in front of the LA fans. I wish I would’ve played a little bit better, but I don’t do this very often so I can’t expect miracles out there, but it was fun to play. The crowd was great, packed it in tonight, so it was a nice night.”

Safin had captured his first of two Grand Slam titles by defeating Sampras at Flushing Meadows, and reflected on the 2000 victory ahead of the exhibition match: “It's really a warm feeling [to] have an achievement like beating Sampras in the final of US Open. It was my first breakthrough actually, and it gave me the chance of becoming No. 1 in the world.”

Following his win over Sampras in the “Millennium Challenge”, the 29 year old teamed up with fellow Russian Igor Kunitsyn to defeat Marcos Baghdatis and Dudi Sela 6-7(6), 6-2, 11-9 in first-round doubles action. Safin and Kunitsyn fended off one match point in the decisive Tie-break to clinch the win in one hour and 39 minutes.

Safin is making his final appearance in Los Angeles, with plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2009 ATP World Tour season. The No. 8 seed in the singles draw, Safin will play his first-round match Tuesday evening against last week’s Indianapolis champion Robby Ginepri. The American leads the head-to-head series 2-0, but this will mark their first meeting since 2005.

Mimi
07-28-2009, 08:15 AM
thanks Greg, but why Pete always lost to Safin, even in exhibition? :mad:

he could have 15 slams if he was not beaten by Safin at 2000 us open :mad:

Greg-Pete fan
07-28-2009, 08:31 AM
I can`t add some photos and I don`t know why. Maybe I will try again later.

Yes mimi, he shouln`t lost to Safin, but he was honoured after the match and his entire family was there (parents, two sisters, brother and of course Bridgette with their children).

Mimi
07-28-2009, 09:18 AM
I can`t add some photos and I don`t know why. Maybe I will try again later.

Yes mimi, he shouln`t lost to Safin, but he was honoured after the match and his entire family was there (parents, two sisters, brother and of course Bridgette with their children).

thanks Greg, how are you today? :D

RagingLamb
07-28-2009, 01:41 PM
here's the only one I could find from the L.A. times article:

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2009-07/48319641.jpg

It's the first time I've seen him go sleeveless.

another one:

http://bahamaderek.wordpress.com/files/2009/07/sampras-3.jpg

sasa
07-28-2009, 04:51 PM
Here you can find some pics with Pete from the match with Safin:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/07/28/photo-album-pete-sampras-and-marat-safin-at-the-la-tennis-open/

And an article about last night match:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/07/28/the-unbearable-lightness-of-pete-sampras-on-federer-goathood-and-the-good-life/

RagingLamb
07-29-2009, 02:33 AM
Here you can find some pics with Pete from the match with Safin:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/07/28/photo-album-pete-sampras-and-marat-safin-at-the-la-tennis-open/

And an article about last night match:

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/07/28/the-unbearable-lightness-of-pete-sampras-on-federer-goathood-and-the-good-life/

thanks for the links. Pete looks like he's been working out.

Mimi
07-29-2009, 04:02 AM
thank you Raging and Sasa for the photos and articles :worship:

i don't like Pete in sleeveness top :o

RagingLamb
07-29-2009, 04:45 AM
more pictures here http://lang.dailynews.com/photos/photos.html#id=804713&num=1

here's a nice one:

http://dailynews.mycapture.com/PHOTOS/LADN/804713/24851706E.jpg

Mimi
07-29-2009, 04:58 AM
thanks a lot Raging, his parents, his wife and kids are all there, what a happy family, Pete is a lucky man, and i am so happy for him :woohoo::woohoo:

Greg-Pete fan
07-30-2009, 07:46 AM
Finally I can add some photos ;)

Greg-Pete fan
07-30-2009, 07:49 AM
And three more :)

Mimi
07-30-2009, 08:09 AM
thanks a lot Greg, Pete looks so happy and fit :worship::D

Greg-Pete fan
08-01-2009, 07:44 AM
I like these photos with his family ;)

redberyl
08-01-2009, 01:55 PM
It is always nice to see this happy Pete. I miss him sorely. :(

almouchie
09-06-2009, 04:00 AM
hi fanz
gr8 picssss