On July 2, 2001, future Wimbledon king Roger Federer defeated seven-time champion Pete Sampras, 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 in three hours and 41 minutes in the fourth round. It was the first and only match between two of the greatest players of all time, and both of them made sure to deliver a remarkable one, with full attack lawn tennis that we would often miss on the holy courts of Wimbledon after that. Federer was the next star at 19 years and 10 months, heading to the All England Club after reaching the first quarter-finals of the Major in Paris and winning the first ATP crown earlier that year in Milan. On the other hand, Sampras wasn’t in great shape that year, although he was always dangerous on those courts, chasing his fifth straight title and eighth overall and hoping to add his name to the record books once again. It wasn’t for him that day though, losing before the quarterfinals for the first time since 1991 and playing just one more match at Wimbledon a year later. Pete had 31 consecutive wins at Wimbledon and 56 in the last 57 meetings before Roger ended that streak, starting his third winless campaign and becoming the first player to win a five-set win over Pete in the tennis cathedral. Federer earned ten more points than Sampras, fending off nine of the 11 break opportunities and delivering four service breaks in 14 chances to cross the finish line and dethrone the legend. They reached 174 service winners at 370 points (89 for Roger, 85 for Pete), and 47% of the points didn’t see a rally at all! Additionally, 325 exchanges ended in the shortest range up to four shots, and the Swiss forged a 170-155 lead on those, doing more damage with the opening forehand or volley to generate the crucial difference. Pete had a 24-19 lead in mid-range rallies with five to eight shots, which was not enough to get him to the finish line, with just two points coming to more than eight shots, an excellent indicator of how fast. what was the meeting.
Federer’s outfit will not be completely plain
The impossible happened at Halle on Wednesday as 10-time champion Roger Federer crashed out in the round-of-16 after losing to in-form Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime. “Today I needed time to digest the third set, I was unhappy for how it ended, was similar to Geneva one. I took my time before coming into (the) press conference because I didn’t want to say wrong things played by emotions,” Federer said. Reflecting on his extended phase in rehabilitation after undergoing a second knee surgery last year, the 39-year-old said that the spell where he was trying to regain full fitness was a huge challenge for him. “The rehab process was a huge challenge for me. Everybody who has had multiple surgeries knows what I’m talking about. Things don’t come easy anymore and that’s sometimes is the major concern,” the champion said.