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Pete Sampras Subdues Slava Dosedel

January 23, 2000

Pete Sampras won his fourth round match at the 2000 Australian Open against Slava Dosedel 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Sampras who struggled against Wayne Black in his previous match said he felt more focused and more comfortable playing this time around.

"My range was much better and I felt I had a pretty good rhythm out there," he said in his post-match press conference. He credited his 45-minute practice the day before for his improved performance. However, he also noted that throughout the years he had the capacity to play badly one day and to play great the next.

Pete Sampras hopes that going into the second week of the tournament he could raise the level of his game as he had done so often in the past. He also hopes that he could maintain his first serve percentage at mid or high 60s; he was at 68% for this match.

He will next meet Chris Woodruff in the quarterfinal. Woodruff is a former Davis Cup practice partner who Sampras credited with a good backhand and a big serve.

Also looming pretty close is a possible semifinal match against Andre Agassi. Agassi's quarterfinal opponent is Hicham Arazi. Sampras thinks that although Arazi is a good player, he cannot beat Agassi. "He's got a chance, not a great one… he plays well on all surfaces; … I don't think he will beat Andre but it will certainly be an entertaining match."

Based on Pete Sampras' Post Match Press Conference




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