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Pete Sampras: 10 Grass Court Titles, Including 7 Majors on Grass
In 1993 21-year-old Pete Sampras won his first Wimbledon championship against the No. 2 seed, Jim Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 in just under three hours. Sampras won with unreturnable serves, 22 aces and patently solid groundstrokes. Sampras was just too good on the day for Courier.
In a 1994 match that resembled a shootout in Dodge City, Sampras faced down Croat Goran Ivanisevic with a serve even more renowned than the American’s. Sampras won in straight sets 7-6, 7-6, 6-0, defending his 1993 title.
In 1995 Sampras was going for his third consecutive Wimbledon championship against the powerful German Boris Becker. The opening set was settled in a tiebreak, but the German could never garner a break point on the Sampras serve. Sampras won 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 becoming the first three-time defending Wimbledon champion in 15 years.
Sampras and Cedric Pioline of France took the court in the 1997 Wimbledon final, but only one player actually enjoyed the match. Pioline was never a factor in the finals as Sampras dispatched him 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, serving impeccably and volleying with panache. Sampras won his tenth Grand Slam tournament, well on his way to equaling the twelve total of Grand Slam leader, Roy Emerson.
You had to feel for Goran Ivanisevic as he battled against Sampras in 1998 as the American won his fifth title in six years on the storied grounds of Centre Court at the All-England Club. The Croat made a real contest out of the match, but Sampras won 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
On a proud day for the United States, Pete Sampras was challenged by Andre Agassi for the Wimbledon championship on the fourth of July. There were, however, no fireworks for Agassi on this day as Pistol Pete whipped him 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Sampras, with six Wimbledon titles, surpassed Bjorn Borg who had five.
Sampras stood six for six in Wimbledon finals.
Sampras won his thirteenth Grand Slam title, capturing his seventh Wimbledon title over Aussie Patrick Rafter in 2000. Serving 27 aces and rifling 13 passing shots past Rafter as he hugged the net, Sampras took the championship in four sets 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Pete Sampras played in 14 Wimbledon Championships, winning all seven of his final appearances. His overall winning percentage at the All England Club was 90.0.
In addition to Wimbledon, Sampras won grass court titles at Manchester in 1990 and Queen's Club in 1995 and 1999—in total, 10 grass court titles.
Sampras won 93 percent of his 1,622 service games played on grass (1,508). He won 85 percent of his first serve points on grass.
Sampras won 101 matches on grass while losing 20. That gave him a total winning percentage of 83.5 on grass during his career.