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Comments: One of the best matches in tennis history! From beginning to end you see good serving good volleying and very good groundstrokes. At times the rallies were too short to watch but the overall tennis was exquisite. Sampras was fading but gave us a classic before he retired after eventually winning his last major against Agassi at the US Open. Federer however started gaining momentum into becoming a very consistent player to an all-time great. Federer was and is a fantastic shot maker and it showed in this match. It was a pleasure to watch this great match because every point was played with purpose and it left us with a classic match along with showing how tennis can be played at a high level with a lot of passion. Sampras showed what he was still capable of that if he is hungry he can give any player a great match. I loved this dvd!
Comments: This match was a classic dog-fight five setter! Even back then, Federer still had his signature forehand and backhand passing shots, and a very good serve vs. Sampras with his mighty serve and forehand! This is a perfect DVD for the true Roger Federer fan!
Comments: I had never seen this match before. Great match. Federer hadn't come into his prime yet but all of the shots - forehand, backhand, serve, volleys - were already there. He just wasn't as consistent as he would later become - I think he still used gut strings in his racquets. But you also have to realize that Sampras wasn't at the top of his game either. In the last 2 or 3 years of his career Sampras allowed his ground game to deteriorate and relied mostly on his serve. He was looking to hold his serve and get one break a set. He was also heavier, and thus slower, than he had been in his prime. If you want to see what I mean find the Sampras vs Becker match from the 1996 ATP finals. You'll see a leaner, faster Sampras with great groundstrokes. Against Federer, Sampras served great but returned miserably. He also missed relatively easy backhand passes on break points. And get this - they both played serve & volley tennis. Wow.
Comments: A must-have tennis match, one of the best matches I've seen at Wimbledon. Even though this took place two years prior to Federer's first Wimbledon title, he summoned the talent we have all seen the last 4 years. In Pete's defense, after winning the 2000 Wimbledon his motivation to stay at the top of his game went away. He lost to Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, and Kuerten in tournaments coming into the 2001 Wimbledon and before his match with Federer, was taken to 5 sets from a wildcard named Barry Cowan. Sampras was a little off on his serve and had numerous double-faults, but the entire match was competitive and could have gone either way. As for the comments below, the "greatest of all time" discussion never ends, and once Federer is done, there will be another one G.O.A.T. crowned. Let us just say they are both great players and leave it at that, along with Agassi, Lendl, McEnroe, Connors, Borg, Laver, Tilden, ETC. ETC.
Comments: Yes it is an excellent match. But you can't make a comparison between players at present are very on dimensional. During the 90's (Pete's reign), you have Becker, Lendl, Agassi, Courier, Edberg which are all exceptional players with totally different style of play and multiple grand slam champions at their own merit as well. I say despite of everything, Pete is still the best player of all time.
Comments: This is an excellent match. Federer leaves Pete open mouthed and in shock. Federer already is breaking almost all of Pete's records, with 2 more records to break. You can't compare the two players. Federer is an artist on the court. Completely unique, impossible to compare him to anyone else. Even he says his style is totally different to Pete’s. When you watch Roger play, half the time you are stunned by what he can do, and the other you're shouting, "No way!!!" But you're always cheering for him to win, because he's so beautiful to watch.
Comments:The complete British broadcast, excellent quality at a reasonable price for this classic match.
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