“a really special player”, Sampras’ tribute to Federer

Pete Sampras held, through a video, to welcome the retirement of Roger Federer. The American (14 Grand Slam titles) rewinds the thread of the crazy career of a “ really special player » : “I don’t know where to start so I’ll start at the very beginning. When we faced each other for the first time, you were only 19 years old, you were a promising player but already we were talking a lot about you. We had a big fight on center court at Wimbledon, and you beat me in five sets (7-5 to 5e set in the round of 16 in 2001), I remember leaving the court with the feeling of having played my game. I had no idea that, twenty years later, you would have won twenty Majors, that you would be number one for years, that you would dominate our sport, in fact, that you would have done everything. We will miss you in our game, ”recalled Sampras, who had won the previous four titles on the English turf to bring his record to seven.

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