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Pete defeat Michael Chang in two sets

July 26, 2001

Pete pulled out a tough victory over defending champion Michael Chang, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2), in second-round action Wednesday night at the Mercedes-Benz Cup. He was stretched to two tiebreakers by the tenacious Chang and took nearly two hours to win.

Sampras was up 5-2 and then 6-3 in the first-set tiebreaker. Chang charged back to make it 6-all before Sampras won the last two points.The two traded service breaks in the second set en route to another tiebreaker. "He's a great competitor," Sampras said. "It's always tight when I play Michael. It doesn't matter what he's ranked, what I'm ranked." Sampras has beaten Chang 12-8 in head-to-head competition.


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