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[Nov 22, 2007] Federer beats Sampras again

November 22, 2007

Kuala Lumpur – Roger Federer continued to show the legendary Pete Sampras who is the current master as he beat the American 7-6 7-6 in Kuala Lumpur.

This was the Swiss star’s second victory over Sampras in the space of three days. The pair are taking part in a three-match exhibition series with the last match in Macau on Saturday.

Although Federer is 2-0 up in the series, the 36-year-old Sampras showed he has still got a lot of the natural skill which saw him win a record 14 grand slams.

Even Federer admitted he still couldn’t read the awesome Sampras serve.

“He’s got the most incredible serve you know. I can’t read it, he serves it to the line, he serves harder than me,” said Federer, who is closing in on his opponent’s haul of grand slam titles with 12 to his name so far.

“I am really, really impressed by the way he’s been playing,” added the world number one.

Sampras retired in 2002 after winning the US Open. He dominated the men’s game for over a decade, but he admitted that Federer was probably the best player he had ever faced.

“I had a taste of what the best is and I think Roger has that extra gear,” said Sampras.

“He has good volleys and he has this little backhand flick that honestly, I have never seen before… it’s something that I didn’t have.”

Federer and Sampras only faced each other once in a competitive match with the 26-year-old Federer coming out on top in a titanic five-set battle.

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