Pete Sampras: 1999 Wimbledon final against Andre Agassi my best-ever match

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Pete Sampras, the former World Number 1 American Professional Tennis player, began his career in 1988 and wrapped it up in 2002. Pete is the closest to the Top 3 of the Tennis fraternity in terms of Grand Slam titles, with 14 titles.

Pete Sampras recently spoke to ATP tour website about the greatest Tennis match that he ever played. He said that the 1999 Wimbledon final against Andre Agassi was his best-ever performance. Pete went on to defeat Agassi in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 7-5, in less than two hours at The All England Club. He claimed his sixth Wimbledon title after that memorable victory of his.

“People ask me what’s the best match I ever played? It would be that one,” Pete told the ATP Tour website. He explained his gameplay that particular day and said “I played perfect grass-court tennis – moving well, returning and serving well against the best returner in the world. I was playing as well as I could and I got into the zone a bit.” Pete later went on to talk about the stakes when playing Wimbledon and said: “There is always pressure at Wimbledon, I felt like it was the Super Bowl of our sport.”

“But quite honestly, my form didn’t really matter coming in. I had years at Wimbledon where I came in not doing well at the French and maybe not even winning at Queen’s or a sub-par year coming into Wimbledon,” said Sampras when talking about how his form was before Wimbledon.

“Physically, mentally, it was the perfect match. Sure you’d love to be winning and lifting trophies coming in, have confidence, and let people know you’re playing well, but I didn’t feel like it was that important that I won Queen’s,” said Pete in his concluding statements.

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