2000 Wimbledon Final: Pete Sampras defeats Pat Rafter

One year earlier, Sampras had beaten his archrival Agassi in final, and equalled Emerson’s record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. He was expected to break the record in front of the US crowd, but had to withdraw just a few days before the 99 Us Open due to a back injury. Beaten in the semifinals of the 00′ Oz Open and in the first round of Roland Garros, Sampras entered Wimbledon injured (shin inflammation).

Had this been any other tournament, Sampras said following the final, he would have pulled out. But Wimbledon is not just another tournament and instead he decided to skip practice sessions. And it proved to be a good decision as he benefited from an easy draw. Before the final, the highest-ranked player Sampras faced was No. 56,
Jan-Michael Gambill. His opponents were in succession Jiri Novak, Karol Kucera, Justin Gimelstob, Jonas Bjorkman, Jan Michael Gambill, Vladimir Voltchkov and the popular Aussie Pat Rafter in the final.

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Pat won the first set 12-10 in the tiebreak, then lead 4-1 in the second set tiebreak and had two set points. But Rafter blinked, Sampras escaped to level the match, and there was nothing left to do: Sampras was in the zone and nobody could have stopped him. Sampras captured his 7th and final Wimbledon title and broke Emerson’s record, defeating Rafter in four sets 6–7(10), 7–6(5), 6–4, 6–2.

Nice to see a very emotional Sampras (for once):

Pete Sampras

Sampras parents Sammy and Georgia:

Sampras' parents

Pete Sampras 14 Slams:

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1990 US Open Hard Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–3, 6–2
1993 Wimbledon Grass Jim Courier 7–6(3), 7–6(6), 3–6, 6-3
1993 US Open (2) Hard Cédric Pioline 6–4, 6–4, 6–3
1994 Australian Open Hard Todd Martin 7-6(4), 6-4, 6–4
1994 Wimbledon (2) Grass Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6–0
1995 Wimbledon (3) Grass Boris Becker 6-7(5), 6-2, 6–4, 6–2
1995 US Open (3) Hard Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–3, 4-6, 7-5
1996 US Open (4) Hard Michael Chang 6–1, 6–4, 7-6(3)
1997 Australian Open (2) Hard Carlos Moya 6–2, 6–3, 6-3
1997 Wimbledon (4) Grass Cédric Pioline 6–4, 6–2, 6-4
1998 Wimbledon (5) Grass Goran Ivanisevic 6–7(2), 7-6(9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
1999 Wimbledon (6) Grass Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 7–5
2000 Wimbledon (7) Grass Pat Rafter 6–7(10), 7–6(5), 6–4, 6–2
2002 US Open (5) Hard Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4

Pete Sampras

A few facts about Roy Emerson
– he was born in Blackbutt, Queensland. yep, really
– he also won 16 Grand Slam doubles crowns
– he was a member of a record eight Davis Cup winning teams

Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson‘s 12 Slams:

Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1961 Australian Championships Grass Rod Laver 1–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4
1961 US Championships Grass Rod Laver 7-5 6-3 6-2
1963 Australian Championships (2) Grass Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
1963 French Championships Clay Pierre Darmon 3-6, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
1964 Australian Championships (3) Grass Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6–2
1964 Wimbledon Championships Grass Fred Stolle 6-4, 12-10, 4-6, 6-3
1964 US Championships (2) Grass Fred Stolle 6-2, 6-2, 6–4
1965 Australian Championships (4) Grass Fred Stolle 7-9, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
1965 Wimbledon Championships (2) Fred Stolle Michael Chang 6–2, 6-4, 6-4
1966 Australian Championships (5) Grass Arthur Ashe 6–4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3
1967 Australian Championships (5) Grass Arthur Ashe 6–4, 6–1, 6-1
1967 French Championships (2) Clay Tony Roche 6–1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

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