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Old 05-07-2005, 09:16 PM   #16
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AUSSIE OPEN 1997






Australian Open 1997: An oppressive afternoon in Melbourne, in the round of 16, Sampras encountered the free-swinging 19-year-old Domink Hrbaty. The Slovak, No. 76 in the world, was blasting away off his forehand, going for audacious returns and playing with unswerving conviction. Sampras was down 2-4,15-40 in the fifth set. But clutch serving and tenacity helped Sampras sweep four games in a row for the triumph. He would crush Thomas Muster in the semifinals and Carlos Moya in the final. But this would be his last Slam other than Wimbledon for five and a half years.

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Newly crowned Australian Open champion Pete Sampras thanked his late coach and mentor Tim Gullikson yesterday for giving him the strength and courage to lift his ninth Grand Slam title.

Sampras, 25, described his Australian Open title as the toughest major he has ever contested after surviving two five-set marathons and energy-snapping conditions to reach his 11th Grand Slam final.

Gullikson's death last year from brain tumours the 25-year-old, who said yesterday that his coach was still his inspiration on the tennis court.

Sampras broke down in tears two years ago at a news conference after learning of Gulllikson's illness during the Open in Melbourne.

"Where it all happened was here in Australia and I thought about it when I woke up today and before the match," he said after his 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spain's Carlos Moya.

"I'm sure he's looking down very happy that I fought through some tough matches, because that was one thing he instilled in me was attitude, not quitting."

Sampras took a short break from the game following Gullikson 's death.

"Sure it was tough when he passed away," Sampras said. "I didn't want to play tennis, but time heals things and this is a great start to win here and I certainly hope everyone stays healthy around me."

"Tennis is a great game and you love to win every match you play, but ultimately it's not the most important thing in life - that's your health."

"It really woke me up to some things that I have never really had to deal with before. You live every day like it means something."

"He will always be in my mind when I play, especially in moments like today, very tough conditions."

Sampras echoed called for the event to be moved to the cooler month of March. "I would be in favour of that," Sampras said. "A little cooler, I wouldn't mind having more of break in January and February."

Medical experts and many players criticised the timing of this year's tournament which was hit by heatwave conditions.

"This is the toughest major I think I've won so far, physically… and to come through is a good effort," he said.

Temperature soared to about 50C on court over three successive days in the middle of the tournament prompting organisers to close the roof on Centre Court.

Women's world No 1 Steffi Graf needed to treated for heat exhaustion after her shock fourth-round exit and Romania's Irina Spirlea and Sabine Appelmans of the Netherlands were placed on drips after matches.

Sampras' Open campaign very nearly ended in the fourth round against little known Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty who took the top seed to five sets.

"The combination of that (heat) and the court, it just makes it that much hotter…I don't think I've ever played in conditions like I did in that fourth-round match," said Sampras.
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By PHIL BROWN (AP)



MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Pete Sampras felt as if he were slogging through clay - the worst surface for his game. The heavy balls slowed his serve. The heat slowed his feet.

But after he trounced two opponents expected to thrive in such conditions, prospects were looking up for him to capture the one major title that has eluded him - the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay.

On rubbery, medium-speed Rebound Ace courts, Sampras won the Australian Open by beating Spain's Carlos Moya, a rising talent who honed his strokes on clay, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in an 87-minute final Sunday.

In the semifinals, Sampras beat the ``King of Clay,'' Thomas Muster, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

``To beat these guys in these conditions, I really surprised myself a bit,'' he said.

He kept both under pressure with his serve and volley game and, when he had to, beat them at their strong suit - rallying from the baseline.

Now the French Open is the one that's missing from his collection of nine Grand Slam tournament titles, Sampras noted, and said, ``I'll do whatever I can this year to maybe get lucky, like here, and win.''

Sampras said the balls bounce faster at the French, helping his serve, but ``clay slows it down a little bit. ... I felt the conditions (here) were pretty similar. It was tough to put the ball away with these balls.''

Still, he said, ``I can't think about it too much. I can't put that much pressure on myself to win the French. It's just if it happens, it happens.''

``He's a bit of a marked man now,`` Sampras made the warning to Moya , who climbed from No. 25 to No. 9 after his meteoric climb in the Australian, where he opened by beating defending champion Boris Becker and reached the final by drubbing No. 2 Michael Chang in the semis.

``It's a little tough to cope with that. But I think he has a good head on his shoulders and I think he will just get better the more matches he'll play, because I think he learned quite a bit playing today,'' Sampras said.

Moya still sees Sampras as the marked man.

``I will be seeded in Paris. That means if I meet (Sampras), it will be in the quarters, the semis or the final. I don't know, but I would like to,'' said the 20-year-old Moya.

Referring to victories in the past year, Moya said: ``I beat the best clay court player, Muster, on clay; the best indoor player, Becker, indoors, and I tried to beat the best hardcourt player, as Sampras is.

``I didn't do it, but it is the first time that we met each other. ... Paris will be a good opportunity to try to beat him, not at Wimbledon.''

On Sunday, Moya said Sampras' serve and forehand were too much for him.

Asked the main thing he learned from the match, Moya replied: ``Who is the No. 1.''
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Qui en veut à Pete Sampras ?

LES Internationaux d’Australie, qui débutent aujourd’hui à Melbourne, lèvent le rideau sur une année pleine d’incertitudes quant à la suite du règne du numéro un mondial Pete Sampras. Le forfait du Russe Evgueni Kafelnikov, victime d’une fracture à la main, et les doutes sur la forme de l’Américain Jim Courier et du jeune prodige suédois Thomas Enqvist ajoutent autant de points d’interrogation à cette première levée du Grand Chelem.

Sampras a démontré en décembre aux Masters qu’il restait le maître des maîtres et il s’est rendu en Australie avec l’intention de remporter son deuxième tournoi majeur d’affilée après l’US Open en août dernier. Pourtant, en 1996, l’Américain est apparu moins dominateur, avec une élimination prématurée face au jeune Australien Mark Philippoussis à Melbourne. Le tirage a, cette année, été plutôt favorable à Sampras qui se voit désigner un qualifié au premier tour.

Mais son parcours jusqu’à une éventuelle finale contre l’Allemand Boris Becker, tenant du titre, est hérissé d’embûches nommées Thomas Muster, Goran Ivanisevic ou Jim Courier. Bien des questions concernent également Becker. De son propre aveu, le triple vainqueur de Wimbledon n’a jamais joué à un tel niveau que ces derniers mois. A vingt-neuf ans, l’Allemand peut-il maintenir le rythme ? Le premier match de la défense de son titre contre l’Espagnol Carlos Moya, 28e mondial, devrait fournir une évaluation précise de ses possibilités.

La surprise pourrait venir du Croate Goran Ivanisevic, tête de série no 3, qui ne veut pas attendre plus longtemps une première victoire en Grand Chelem. L’ancien finaliste de Wimbledon se voit proposer l’inconnu australien Ben Ellwood au premier tour.

Dans le tableau féminin, l’absence la plus remarquée est celle de l’Américaine Monica Seles. Son éloignement des courts pendant plus de deux ans semble avoir laissé des traces plus profondes qu’il y paraît. Seles n’est plus la no 1 mondiale à laquelle rien ne résistait.

C’est aussi une longue convalescence que la Française Mary Pierce, victorieuse en 1995, aimerait voir s’achever à Melbourne après une année 1996 catastrophique. L’ancienne créature de Nick Bollettieri a quitté le club des têtes de série et doit se préparer à gravir un à un les échelons qui l’avaient conduite au sommet. Le sommet est précisément ce que vise Martina Hingis. Le petit prodige suisse ne déçoit pas et auréolé de la tête de série no 4, elle peut envisager une première grande finale face à l’intouchable Steffi Graf.







Article paru dans l'édition du 13 janvier 1997.
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There are Pete`s pictures from Australian Open 1990 (when he reached the fourth round and he lost to Yannick Noah) and 1993 (when he reached a semifinal and he was defeated by Stefan Edberg)...
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