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Clash of Times Roger Federer versus Pete Sampras

Some of my friends were asking me whether I would be interested in watching the historic meeting between arguably the world's two greatest players of all time. Former world number one Pete Sampras taking on current reigning world number one Roger Federer in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The two had played each other only once professionally. Roger Federer was then a young an upcoming player, while Pete Sampras was close to the end of his career.

It was an extremely close encounter in the 4th round of Wimbledon 2001 where the younger Federer defeated Sampras in a tantalizing encounter 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 effectively ending Sampras' bid for his fifth straight Wimbledon crown to equal that of the great Bjorn Borg.

Ironically, it was Federer who would later go on to win 5 Wimbledons in a row to equal that coveted record held by Bjorn Borg all these years. This defeat to Federer also broke a 31 match Wimbledon streak that stretches back to July 1996! More details on Federer's historic Wimbledon win over Sampras found here.

Videos and Interviews on the Clash of Times between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras can be viewed below.

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Here's my personal view on this match. While both Federer and Sampras are both considered probably the greatest players of their respective eras, the answer is clear who will come up on top due to the age difference. But I guess since this is a game of exhibition tennis, this match would be just for fans to appreciate a game of tennis between two great players. It never has been about to compare who is actually better as these comparisons should not be even considered in the first place.

While I applaud both Roger and Pete to come to the far East to play in this historic exhibition match, I feel that they should have done more during their time as top professionals to play in more ATP matches here in the far east. We in Asia would then be able to appreciate see how good they are when they are actually playing seriously to win a title as well as gain ranking points. Roger has already decided not to come to Thailand to participate in the Thailand Open two years running so I sincerely hope that he should come down to Thailand again to do some justice to all his loyal fans and supporters.

More details for the Clash of Times between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras can be found here.

Fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Clash of Times between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras in Kuala Lumpur can find more details here.

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