Well, I just got done watching the "epic" match between Sampras and
Corretja (sp?) and, although I like Sampras pretty well, I have got to say
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
I think Courier was smack-on when, after he fell victim to a previous
"from death's door to stunning victory" performance by Sampras, he
expressed his displeasure with Sampras' increasingly common theatrics at
the end of these long matches.
I actually was believing that Sampras was genuinely stumbling and cramping
until his "1st serve tank/2nd serve ace" on what was to be his last
service point. What a complete embarassment! He then has the nerve to
walk to the add court essentially using his racket as a cane and, as a
direct result of the consequental unnerving of his opponent, he
precipitates a double fault on match point! Geeeeeeeeez.
I am not insensitive to the need to "just win, baby" when it comes to
tournament play, but let's get real here. "Sportsman" Sampras? In this
case, I certainly think NOT.
C'mon Pete, I think you have been watching too many Rocky movies. I think
we all realize that the participants are acting when one of them
habitually gets up off the canvas and throws a knockout punch.
I gonna start looking for the credits after these matches!