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Pete Sampras vs. Andre Agassi in Macau (Oct 25, 2009)

Pete Sampras def. Andre Agassi 3-6 6-3 10-8 Check out our News Archives and Photo Album 1 | Album 2 | Album 3 Exclusive! Blog Report from Macau by Our Samprasfanz Member Tweet … Read entire article »

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Agassi, Sampras get to relive good old days again

Oct 25, 2009 The game that made them famous does not run in the family, insisted Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, who will resume their illustrious rivalry today at The Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown. Any hopes that the Sampras versus Agassi rivalry would continue into the second generation were dashed yesterday with the two legends revealing that their respective sons did not play the sport, which made the two Americans household names in the 1990s. “The Sampras v Agassi rivalry is over unless Pete’s son plays baseball,” smiled Agassi. “My son, Jaden, is very much into baseball, not tennis.” Sampras added: “Christian [his son] doesn’t play tennis. I don’t think our rivalry will continue with our children. That is not going to happen.” Yet fans will get the rare opportunity of seeing one of … Read entire article »

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Sampras beats Agassi in Macao…twice!

Pete Sampras put one over his old nemesis Andre Agassi, beating the 8-time Grand Slam champion in a final set match tiebreak at the Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2009. In a close affair that thrilled the 11,000 strong crowd at the CotaiArena today, Sampras nicked the showpiece event 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. The match was preceded by a 45-minute timed encounter between junior no.1 Yuki Bhambri and America’s leading junior Ryan Harrison. Bhambri was a little fortunate to win that match with the set tied at 5-5, and the Indian ahead 15-0 in the game when the match was timed out. The kids returned on court to partner their heroes in a doubles exhibition later, which Pete and Yuki won 7-5. Speaking after the match Andre said, “It was a great afternoon. Playing in … Read entire article »

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Sampras triumphs in clash of the Titans

October 25, 2009 – Pete Sampras recovered from a set down to beat fellow retired American Andre Agassi in three sets in an exhibition match in Macau in the first meeting between the two since the 2002 US Open final. The latest chapter of one of the greatest rivalries in tennis did not reach the same heights as their previous epic encounters, which included five grand slam finals, as Sampras came through 3-6 6-3 10-8 in just over an hour at the Venetian Macao Showdown. Agassi edged the first set in 27 minutes with a solitary break in the fourth game, but Sampras responded with a much-improved performance in the second to prevail in 21 minutes to send the match to a decider with also a single break in the third game. And … Read entire article »

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Agassi, Sampras to rekindle rivalry in Macau

HONG KONG (AP)—Even though the stakes may not be as high as in their epic clashes of the past, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras aren’t planning to put on a friendly exhibition. The two American icons, who staged one of tennis’ greatest rivalries, will play each other Sunday in the southern Chinese gambling enclave Macau. “It’s going to be competitive tennis—obviously not quite as cutthroat as it once was—but I still feel we can both play quite well,” Sampras said Thursday. “As much as it’s an exhibition, there’s still a lot of pride. Our egos are pretty big. Once the first point starts, I’m going to want to beat him.” “Whenever I stepped out against Andre when we were playing, it was like a heavyweight fight. That’s one thing I miss.” Both have been brushing … Read entire article »

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We are world’s best athletes – Pete Sampras

Oct 17, 2009 SURE to spark intense debate, Pete Sampras claims tennis players are the finest athletes in the whole wide world. Gearing up for an exhibition match with old sparring partner Andre Agassi next week in Macau, Sampras’s contentious assertion will no doubt stir the emotions of rival sports enthusiasts across the globe. Among others, elite boxers, gymnasts, cross-country skiers, surf lifesavers, triathletes, basketballers, handballers, cyclists, squash and soccer players and AFL footballers – in no particular order – could all argue they’d be the most supreme athletes on the planet. Sampras, though, says tennis stars ace the lot. “People don’t talk about it. I mean, in tennis, these athletes are incredible,” the legendary American told ATP World Tour Uncovered. “What these guys do on the run … the guys that aren’t maybe playing … Read entire article »

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