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Sampras interview after his loss to Federer

wowfed
09-19-2005, 09:31 PM
I was searching for Sampras interview to hear his reactions on Federer.
Finally was able to find it. Its nice to know Sampras felt Fed was the most special talent way back in 2001.. Here is the transcript of the interview for folks who missed it.

Pete's Wimbledon run ended in 5 sets

Defending champion Pete Sampras's hopes of a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title died in the fourth round on Monday when he was sensationally beaten 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 by Swiss teenager Roger Federer. His defeat by the little-known Federer is arguably the biggest shock at the world's most famous tournament since Boris Becker won the title as a 17-year-old unknown in 1985.

American Sampras , holder of a record 13 Grand Slam titles, was last beaten at Wimbledon in the quarter-finals of the 1996 championships, by Dutchman Richard Krajicek who went on to win the title that year. Federer, seeded 15th and 10 years Sampras's junior at 19, showed little respect on Centre Court in their first ever meeting. He played Sampras at his own game, serving superbly, returning beautifully and approaching the net at every chance. He pressurised the American into a series of unusual errors. Sampras, who had won the title for the last four years, had two break points at 4-4 in the deciding set but was unable to convert them. Federer earned two match points on Sampras's serve in the 12th game and won the match on the first with a forehand service return down the line. He fell to the ground, scarcely able to believe his achievement, as Sampras slouched back to his chair.

"I am very disappointed. I lost to a really really good player today. He won the big points but I had my chances. It wasn't to be. I came up a little bit short," Sampras said. "I have won my fair share of close matches out there but today I just came up short. It was his first match out there (on Centre Court) and I give him a lot of credit for the way he played and they way he handled things. There are a lot of guys coming up but Roger is special. He has got a really good all-court game. He was very relaxed. His demeanour on court is pretty similar to mine. He doesn't get too emotional. He doesn't have any holes in his game, he is a great athlete."

Pete who was bidding on Monday for the 100th victory of his grass court career, said his Wimbledon winning streak was bound to end some time. "I have been in trouble before and have come out of it but it just didn't happen today." "Being so dominant over the years, it obviously gets a lot more difficult to stay as dominant," said the 29-year-old hailed as one of the greatest champions. But he does not plan to hang up his racket just yet. "I plan on being back for many years and the reason I stop won't be because of my ability but because I don't want to do it anymore." But for now, he just wants to turn his back on Wimbledon 2001. "I am going home to get away from it all. I guess I have got to put in work on the practice court and hopefully have a good U.S. Open." "There has always been a fear that my run was going to end but when you are playing, you don't think negative thoughts. I played well but unfortunately it's over."

 

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R. FEDERER/P. Sampras 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5

MODERATOR: Good evening, everyone. Pete for you.

Q. What emotions are playing out in your head now?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, just very -- I'm very disappointed obviously. I lost to a really, really good player today. He played great. He's a great shot-maker. He won the big points. I had my chances throughout the match, had a couple breakpoints there in the fifth. You know, he came up with some really good stuff at huge times. He played a great game to break me. I give him a lot of credit. He really played very well.

Q. As Centre Court debuts go, have you ever seen anyone quite so composed as that?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, he was very relaxed. His demeanor on the court is pretty similar to mine. He's pretty relaxed. Goes out and plays. Doesn't get too emotional, too many highs and lows. He's got a great backhand, serves well. He's definitely got a good all-around court game. Doesn't have any holes in his game. Great athlete. I mean, he really played really well. You know, just getting off the court, I'm disappointed, I mean, obviously. You know, I had a few chances. I felt like I had it at 4- All. Hit a good return. You know, wasn't to be. You know, I came up a little bit short.

Q. You said against Cowan that you didn't think you were going to lose the match, even when it got to 2-2. Did you feel like you were in danger, down 2-1 today? That is a big difference?

PETE SAMPRAS: Two sets to one?

Q. Yes.

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I mean, I let it slip a little bit in the third set, missed that overhead. You know, I felt like I had pretty good control of the match in the third. He came up with some good stuff. You know, down two sets to one, the way he was playing, I knew it was an uphill battle. But I played a really, really good tiebreaker. I tied it up and played really well. The fifth set, you know, we were both playing pretty solid, and he got the break. I mean, he really made me play on that last service game. But I can only know I had my chance there at 4-All in the breakpoint - backhand there, kind of hit it back to him. You know, it's tough out there. And he definitely has got a great future. I mean, he's already proven that he's a great player. He's got a good chance to maybe go all the way.

Q. When was the last time you felt so near defeat here at Wimbledon?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, four years ago.

Q. When you lost, when you felt so near, when you felt so much in danger of losing.

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, there's always a threat of losing out there when it's close. You know, I've won my fair share of close matches out there over the years. And today, just came up a little bit short. You know, majority of the time I've gotten my breaks, I've gotten that crucial shot at crucial points in the match. Today, you know, I had a chance there, and I didn't convert. I give him a lot of the credit, you know, the way he played.

Q. You've had so many great moments on that court. What were the emotions as you were walking off?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, it was his moment. I mean, he really played a great match. His first match out there. You know, I give him a lot of credit for handling it very well. It's grass court tennis, it goes by pretty quick. One minute you feel like you have it, and the next minute you're walking off the court. Just disappointed. It's rare that I've lost, you know, a close match here at Wimbledon. But, you know, you know something so great isn't going to last forever. Today I just came up a little bit short.

Q. There are other Roger Federers out there, as you well know. Jim Courier says they're coming out of the woodwork, young players with a lot of talent. For you, do you now redouble your efforts, work even harder, or do you sit down sometime after the emotions have passed and start considering what you want to do in the future?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, sure, there are a lot of young guys coming up, and Roger is one of them. But I think he's a little extra special than some of the other guys. I mean, he's got a really good all- around court game. You know, all I can try to do is rebound from kind of a disappointing year and get ready for the summer. It's going to take me a while to get over this one. But just keep trying to work hard, do the training, put in the practise hours on the court, and hopefully I can have a good summer. Maybe The Open can be a little bit better than here. It's disappointing. It's a tough, tough loss, you know, to deal with.

Q. Can you size up your run here at Wimbledon, now that it's over for the time being?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, it's the run, like I said, it wasn't going to last forever. You know, I've won a lot of close matches out there - last year's final. Over the years, you know, I've gotten a little bit fortunate. Today I didn't get it. You know, I really felt, you know, I was very much in contention out there, very much felt like I was going to win. But, you know, to have been so dominant over the years, it obviously gets more difficult as the years go on to keep on staying dominant. Today was an occasion of, you know, played really well at the right time. That's the key to grass. He picked it up when he had to. He played a great match.

Q. Do you think this result will make you think more about not playing here in the near future, that you may not be back a year or two years from now?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, let's not get carried away. I mean, I just lost. I plan on being back for many years. I mean, this is why I play, for these tournaments. You know, I feel the reason I'd stop, it won't be because of my ability; it will be because I don't want to do it anymore. There's no reason to, you know, panic and think that I can't come back here and win here again. I feel like I can always win here.

Q. Who is your pick to win it this year?

PETE SAMPRAS: I haven't really thought about it.

Q. Was there any sense even from the start of the Championships that perhaps something inside you said, "It might not be this year"? You had tough matches all the way through, surprisingly tough from what we've seen of you in the past. Was there something nagging in the back of your mind?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, there's always a fear of that, like my run's going to end. Those are thoughts that come in and out of your head. But when you go out and compete, you compete, and you don't think about negative thoughts. But, you know, like I said, nothing is so great, like this tournament has been over the years to me, is going to last forever. Occasionally you're going to lose a tough match, and it happened today. You know, I lost to Roger, who was playing great at the time. I thought I played pretty well. You know, I felt like I had some chances. But it's unfortunate it's over.

Q. A decade ago you had a match against Lendl at Flushing Meadows that you had your breakthrough on, similar round I think, too. Did this match have that kind of feel, but you were on the other end of it?

PETE SAMPRAS: I mean, not really. That match -- no. I mean, I really haven't thought about that. You know, I lost to a talented player that's a great shot-maker, similar to the way I was when I was younger, and still today. He's got a great grass court game. He's got all the tools.

Q. You hit with Roger before. When he beat our guys in the Davis Cup, did you ask Todd or Jan-Michael about him at all?

PETE SAMPRAS: I've seen Roger play. I've practised with him. I had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do out there. You know, he's got a good all-around court game. Doesn't have any holes. It's a little different when you compete against him. His serve, I couldn't really get ahold of. His shots, he was on. You know, I've seen him play enough over the years to kind of know what to expect.

Q. Take us back to that ninth game of that fifth set when you had some break opportunities. What was he doing to prevent you from getting through, where normally you would get through in that situation?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, on one of them, one of my best forehand returns, got it down to his feet. He kind of picked it up and had a backhand there that I didn't hit all that well. The other one, I kind of hit it, a conservative chip to his forehand. He hit a good forehand winner. You know, I give him credit, he came up with some good stuff when he had to, won the big point. I could possibly break him there, I think I could go on to win this match. But it wasn't to be.

Q. This weekend when you're home, will you tune in and watch the matches?

PETE SAMPRAS: I'm not planning on it. Just going home and getting away from it all.

Q. Do you think when you're having an "un-Sampras-like" year, without a title coming in here, you struggle against a guy ranked 265, your opponents in the locker room begin to sense that there just might be a little crack in the wall, does that confidence factor - whatever boost they get from it, if any at all - does it have an effect on how they play against you?

PETE SAMPRAS: I don't think so. I mean, even though I struggled through one match, I've got that ability, I can turn it on in the next match. You know, I think the fear factor has been there. I'm sure it was there today. But, on the other hand, he's got nothing to lose. He can go out, swing away. I'm obviously the one with the pressure here. I didn't feel my game was lacking at all. I had a pretty good first week. And today, you know, I could be sitting here as the winner. But, unfortunately, I didn't get it done.

Q. You've said you felt you could come back here and win again. How much more difficult do you think it will be than coming back after Krajicek?

PETE SAMPRAS: You know, I mean, I feel like I can, without any question, come back and win here. You know, if not next year, then maybe the year after it. I've got the game. There's no reason to feel like I can't do it anymore. I feel like I've got the goods out there. Today I didn't, you know, quite get the breaks that I needed. But, have to give him a lot of credit. He played great.

tangerine_dream
09-19-2005, 09:42 PM
Is the Federer forum closed again?

adee-gee
09-19-2005, 09:46 PM
Is the Federer forum closed again?

There obviously isn't one :rolleyes:

Shabazza
09-19-2005, 09:57 PM
There obviously isn't one :rolleyes:
there is one and it's open! :shrug:

adee-gee
09-19-2005, 09:58 PM
there is one and it's open! :shrug:

Really? Surely not judging by the amount of needless Roger threads :rolleyes:

Shabazza
09-19-2005, 10:01 PM
Really? Surely not judging by the amount of needless Roger threads :rolleyes:
Just ignore them! :rolleyes:

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:02 PM
I honestly dont know what the big deal is ? I only shared this one for people who had missed it. People can ignore if they don't care..

adee-gee
09-19-2005, 10:02 PM
Just ignore them! :rolleyes:

I did promise myself I'd stay out of GM but I haven't stuck to it. Maybe I secretly enjoy them :shrug:

adee-gee
09-19-2005, 10:03 PM
I honestly dont know what the big deal is ? I only shared this one for people who had missed it. People can ignore if they don't care..

I'm struggling to ignore that horrendous username :scared:

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:06 PM
LOL... :) Sorry can't help it.. Thats my nickname in all the tennis forums.. Fed is the only player who made me go Wow after the great man Sampras.
Anyways I'm new to this board and enjoy watching anyone with a good game.. May be i will change my nickname to Wowtennis or something..!!

Shabazza
09-19-2005, 10:07 PM
I did promise myself I'd stay out of GM but I haven't stuck to it. Maybe I secretly enjoy them :shrug:
I was the same. But now, I'm one step further and can admit in public, that I indeed enjoy the GM threads! :angel:
Mind you, it was a hard fight to reach this point! ;)
PS: If you already consider, that you enjoy them, you're a lost case. :p

disturb3d
09-19-2005, 10:08 PM
LOL... :) Sorry can't help it.. Thats my nickname in all the tennis forums.. Fed is the only player who made me go Wow after the great man Sampras.
Anyways I'm new to this board and enjoy watching anyone with a good game.. May be i will change my nickname to Wowtennis or something..!!Or maybe you could drop the fed crap, and become and Agassi fan.

Shabazza
09-19-2005, 10:09 PM
LOL... :) Sorry can't help it.. Thats my nickname in all the tennis forums.. Fed is the only player who made me go Wow after the great man Sampras.
Anyways I'm new to this board and enjoy watching anyone with a good game.. May be i will change my nickname to Wowtennis or something..!!
Don't do it! You'll have a great time on this board, going around with this nick ;)

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:11 PM
Or maybe you could drop the fed crap, and become and Agassi fan.

Nah... I love Agassi.. To my eyes Agassi is always second best to both Sampras and Federer. Agassi is a greatest returner in the game but Fed has the ultimate overall game and Sampras was the god of serve and volley. Agassi is always behind these two legends.

disturb3d
09-19-2005, 10:16 PM
Nah... I love Agassi.. To my eyes Agassi is always second best to both Sampras and Federer. Agassi is a greatest returner in the game but Fed has the ultimate overall game and Sampras was the god of serve and volley. Agassi is always behind these two legends.Sampras was a joke on anything but a quick court.
He's light years behind all-rounders like Roge and Andre.

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:19 PM
Sampras was a joke on anything but a quick court.
He's light years behind all-rounders like Roge and Andre.

Yeah Right.
a)Guy wins 14 slams b) Ends up No.1 for 280+ weeks c)Ends up year ending No.1 for 6 consecutive years..

I would love to be a joke like him anyday baby..

disturb3d
09-19-2005, 10:24 PM
Yeah Right.
a)Guy wins 14 slams b) Ends up No.1 for 280+ weeks c)Ends up year ending No.1 for 6 consecutive years..

I would love to be a joke like him anyday baby..No, Sampras was not a joke. His slow court play was a joke.

12 out of his 14 slams came on fast courts.

Whereas 5 of Andre's 8 slams came on slower courts.

Only a balanaced player can be named a legend.

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:28 PM
No, Sampras was not a joke. His slow court play was a joke.

12 out of his 14 slams came on fast courts.

Whereas 5 of Andre's 8 slams came on slower courts.

Only a balanaced player can be named a legend.

Fair enough.. If thats your way of measuring the greatness. I still don't call Sampras game on slow courts a joke because he did make it to second weeks of many slow court slams.

garylanders
09-19-2005, 10:34 PM
Great interview, thanks ..have got to get that match on dvd someday.

wowfed
09-19-2005, 10:40 PM
Great interview, thanks ..have got to get that match on dvd someday.

Does any one know if this match is avaialble on DVD ? Im also looking for Fed-Safin AO semi final 2005 DVD..

Corey Feldman
09-19-2005, 11:41 PM
The great men

wowfed
09-19-2005, 11:43 PM
The great men
Good one.. Thank you..

PamV
09-19-2005, 11:48 PM
I have this match on DVD. Roger was cool during the match but after he shook hands with Sampras at the net and then sat down in his chair he started to cry. This match meant a lot to him and he did hold Sampras in very high esteem.

PamV
09-19-2005, 11:49 PM
Does any one know if this match is avaialble on DVD ? Im also looking for Fed-Safin AO semi final 2005 DVD..

Yes, it is. I know of a couple different people who have most of Roger's matches for sale on DVD.

PamV
09-19-2005, 11:51 PM
Is the Federer forum closed again?

Sounds like you are jealous that Federer has fans. You can start an Agassi thread if you want, you know.

wowfed
09-19-2005, 11:54 PM
Yes, it is. I know of a couple different people who have most of Roger's matches for sale on DVD.
Can you forward me the details of these people . I wanna buy this DVD.

wowfed
09-19-2005, 11:57 PM
I have this match on DVD. Roger was cool during the match but after he shook hands with Sampras at the net and then sat down in his chair he started to cry. This match meant a lot to him and he did hold Sampras in very high esteem.

Glad to hear that. Sampras deserves nothing less than that.. Some people doesn't give him enough credit for what it takes to be so consistent over 6-7 years.

Chloe le Bopper
09-20-2005, 02:33 AM
Sounds like you are jealous that Federer has fans. You can start an Agassi thread if you want, you know.
:retard: post of the day!

PamV
09-20-2005, 02:53 AM
I honestly dont know what the big deal is ? I only shared this one for people who had missed it. People can ignore if they don't care..
There is no big deal. Everyone is free to post any thread they want. The GM section contains threads about a lot of different players. We don't have to feel like Federer threads aren't allowed.

PamV
09-20-2005, 03:03 AM
Can you forward me the details of these people . I wanna buy this DVD.

I sent you a PM with the info.

Tennis Fool
09-20-2005, 03:31 AM
Wowfed, welcome to the forum. You'll soon get to know who you can have discussions with and who you can ignore ;)

alfonsojose
09-20-2005, 03:59 AM
LOL... :) Sorry can't help it.. Thats my nickname in all the tennis forums.. Fed is the only player who made me go Wow after the great man Sampras.
Anyways I'm new to this board and enjoy watching anyone with a good game.. May be i will change my nickname to Wowtennis or something..!!
WowLleyton :eek: :drool:

alfonsojose
09-20-2005, 04:00 AM
Wowfed, welcome to the forum. You'll soon get to know who you can have discussions with and who you can ignore ;)
u can trust me :angel: any naked pics ?

PamV
09-20-2005, 04:17 AM
LOL... :) Sorry can't help it.. Thats my nickname in all the tennis forums.. Fed is the only player who made me go Wow after the great man Sampras.
Anyways I'm new to this board and enjoy watching anyone with a good game.. May be i will change my nickname to Wowtennis or something..!!

Don't change the nickname. :worship:

mandoura
09-20-2005, 04:26 AM
PETE SAMPRAS: Well, it's the run, like I said, it wasn't going to last forever. You know, I've won a lot of close matches out there - last year's final. Over the years, you know, I've gotten a little bit fortunate. Today I didn't get it. You know, I really felt, you know, I was very much in contention out there, very much felt like I was going to win. But, you know, to have been so dominant over the years, it obviously gets more difficult as the years go on to keep on staying dominant. Today was an occasion of, you know, played really well at the right time. That's the key to grass. He picked it up when he had to. He played a great match.

Makes one wonder when it will be Roger's turn. I hope not too soon.

Welcome to the board wowfed.

NYCtennisfan
09-20-2005, 04:44 AM
Pete was more gracious in defeat towards the end of his career. He was especially gracious in defeat to Safin and Fed.

PamV
09-20-2005, 04:44 AM
Makes one wonder when it will be Roger's turn. I hope not too soon.



We have to enjoy Fed while we can and not take him for granted.

NYCtennisfan
09-20-2005, 04:44 AM
Originally Posted by Tennis Fool
Wowfed, welcome to the forum. You'll soon get to know who you can have discussions with and who you can ignore

Very true words.

Vivaciousvibes
09-20-2005, 04:49 AM
"I plan on being back for many years and the reason I stop won't be because of my ability but because I don't want to do it anymore."


BS!!! Sampras saw the handwriting on the wall. And it read, Run like hell Pete, this Swiss kid is going to OWN your ass should you dare stick around!
Sampras ran from Federer.

mandoura
09-20-2005, 05:11 AM
We have to enjoy Fed while we can and not take him for granted.

Yes and I hope for some more years to come.

Lee
09-20-2005, 05:11 AM
BS!!! Sampras saw the handwriting on the wall. And it read, Run like hell Pete, this Swiss kid is going to OWN your ass should you dare stick around!
Sampras ran from Federer.


If Sampras ran from Federer, then why he continues to play after Wimbledon 2001 until USO 2002. That's about another 15 months. I don't recall Federer hibernated from tennis during that period of time.

Who's BSing here? :p

1sun
09-20-2005, 06:29 AM
remember that match. center court errupted when fed him.

adee-gee
09-20-2005, 03:42 PM
Wowfed, welcome to the forum. You'll soon get to know who you can have discussions with and who you can ignore ;)

:haha: are you no.1 on the ignore list?

tangerine_dream
09-20-2005, 03:57 PM
Really? Surely not judging by the amount of needless Roger threads
:yeah:

Or maybe you could drop the fed crap, and become and Agassi fan.
:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

Sounds like you are jealous that Federer has fans.
It's like you can see right through to my soul. :sad:

RonE
09-20-2005, 04:38 PM
Makes one wonder when it will be Roger's turn. I hope not too soon.


Kul kalb biji yomo.

But as was said, we should enjoy it while it lasts!

gillian
09-20-2005, 06:05 PM
This question has been knocking around my head for a couple of days - no jokes, please :) What was Pete's ranking when he retired in '02?

Dirk
09-20-2005, 06:36 PM
No, Sampras was not a joke. His slow court play was a joke.

12 out of his 14 slams came on fast courts.

Whereas 5 of Andre's 8 slams came on slower courts.

Only a balanaced player can be named a legend.

Pete won 2 Ozs and 3 Miami titles and 3 clay titles. I am sure he won smaller outdoor hardcourt events that were slower. Pete was very good or great everywhere he played. I bet Andre would trade many of his Ozs and Miami titles for more USOs and Wimbledons.

Lee
09-20-2005, 07:02 PM
This question has been knocking around my head for a couple of days - no jokes, please :) What was Pete's ranking when he retired in '02?

If you're asking Pete's entry ranking after he won USO in 2002, he jump 3 places from 17 to 14. And he's even higher at the end of the year at 13.

wowfed
09-20-2005, 10:33 PM
Thanks everyone for your responses. Im going to keep my nickname :) .
And will continue to post more stuff on Fed in the General message board. :D

Dirk
09-21-2005, 04:52 AM
Wowfed if you do that then you might challenge Tennis Fool as my favorite Thread Starter. I need to good rep him some more.