Originally Posted by Tag
Didn't he win the AO in 94 as well? Only time he won 3 straight slams if I remember right. Guessing he lost between then and IW?
I remember Agassi being ruined by that US Open final loss.
Also, Agassi had 3 out of 4 majors in 99-00, but lost Wimbledon (and the Year End) to Sampras, who then tore it up until he had to put out of the US Open that year with an injury...
They both wrecked each other's streaks.
Yeah after winning the titles at Sydney and Australian Open in 1994, Sampras lost to Jacob Eltingh in the first round at Phildelphia, before going on to win those next 5 tournaments he entered.
Sampras's record and attitude at the smaller events could be strange. Sometimes he would completely half-ass it and not really care at all at some events, but care a lot more at others win or lose. For his instance his defeat to Alami at Doha at the start of 1994 was a blatant tank with him pocketing his huge appearance fee before getting of there as soon as possible. Agassi also tanked quite a bit in the 90s as well, and thus it was unlikely either of them were going to put together too many long winning streaks.
And Sampras's 24 match winning streak in the summer of 1999 which included 3 straight sets victories over Agassi was his best tennis since 1993-1994. He was no longer weighed down by the burden of chasing the consecutive year end no. 1 record having broken it the previous year, and played with such freedom. He would have been the red hot favourite to win the USO had his herniated disc injury in his lower back not forced him withdraw. Then again during that spell on the sidelines he first met his wife-to-be Bridgette, so that injury turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to him.
And after the most dominant period of his career from Wimbledon 1993 to Wimbledon 1994, he injured his left ankle that summer, and couldn't play a single warm-up match ahead of the US Open. He physically hit the wall during his 4th round match against Yzaga, and was suffering from a lot of pain his left ankle, right foot and back, but fought as hard as he possibly could.