Sampras-Martin (spoiler)

Sampras-Martin (spoiler)

Post by Yama » Tue, 23 Jan 2001 03:13:16


Martin def Sampras 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 6-4

Based on Sampras' mediocre performance in previous matches I thought Martin
had a chance but I didn't think Pete would fall this easy. After all Sampras
lead Martin something like 17-2 in previous encounters.

Basically I think Sampras' main problem was that he got a bit though draw,
and after having two tough four-setters he tried to take it easy against
Chela which didn't quite work. In that match it was only about 9th game of
the fourth set when he wake up that he was about to lose a match. Today he
looked sloppy and sleepy all the time. He thought too much about meeting
Agassi and saving strength for that instead of concentrating on the match
currently going on. Martin OTOH played calmly and his shots looked very
good.

I don't know whether Sampras just serves badly nowadays, but both Chela and
Martin constantly hit terrific low returns at Sampras' legs. By contrast,
Sampras had only something like three break points against Martin which he
all lost. Martin simply out-served Sampras by gross margin and that was the
key of the match. Rather predictably there were very few long rallies.

I think Sampras is slowly going to be like Graf in her last years, an "old
joker", always dangerous but not a candidate for No. 1 spot. Curiously just
like Graf he uses more and more backhand slice. Congrats to Todd, maybe he
finally this time goes all the way to the end.

 
 
 

Sampras-Martin (spoiler)

Post by Sakari Lu » Tue, 23 Jan 2001 05:16:00

Quote:

>I don't know whether Sampras just serves badly nowadays, but both Chela and
>Martin constantly hit terrific low returns at Sampras' legs.

Also Kucera and Ulihrach.

Sakari

 
 
 

Sampras-Martin (spoiler)

Post by Gerar » Wed, 24 Jan 2001 00:21:04



Quote:
> "old joker", always dangerous but not a candidate for No. 1 spot.

umm, after '99 he stated several times that No. 1 wouldn't be priority.
What should/would be priority for him is the FO.

Quote:
> Curiously just like Graf he uses more and more backhand slice.

Graf nearly always used slices through out her career.  It may have been
this tourney or this match, but Sampras rolls his backhand more than
slices.  I don't see a trend.

Quote:
> Congrats to Todd, maybe he finally this time goes all the way to the end.

I doubt that.  Agassi will be formidable, playing better with every round
and has much rest.  

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