Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peerless Pete to Consider Future

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Peerless Pete to Consider Future

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

PETE SAMPRAS is going to take a break from tennis, and decide if a record 14th Grand Slam triumph at the US Open last night is the perfect end to a brilliant career.

Sampras defeated arch-rival Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in 2hrs 54mins at Flushing Meadows in New York, and the victory gave the US Open what it craved most - two home-grown champions in Serena Williams and Sampras - in the build up to the 11 September anniversary.

It also left Britain's Greg Rusedski looking ridiculous.

Rusedski said, after losing to 17th seed Sampras in the third round: "He's not playing great and I will be surprised if he wins his next match.

"His fitness and movement are not the same and you are used to seeing Pete Sampras the 13-times Slam champion on court. It's not the same player, he's a great player from the past."

The man Rusedski wrote off responded by rewriting the record books.

Sampras believes this Slam victory is the greatest of the 14, and said: "This one might take the cake, and I never thought anything would surpass Wimbledon 2000 but to play like that was awesome.

"I am going to experience parenthood in the next few months and I hope I am good role model for our child. I am going to have to weigh it all up. I still love to compete, but to beat Andre at the US Open final might be a storybook ending.

"There has been a lot of support from my wife, family and Paul Annacone gave me peace of mind and stability. It all worked out, so much of what I was going through this year was mental.

"Maybe, Andre and I will do it again next year. My head's spinning at the moment and I want to take time and reflect on it all. I want to stop on my terms, and that is something I have promised myself.

"I peaked against Andre, after having to play five matches in seven days. He is the best I have ever played, and brings the best out of me. It was one of the toughest second weeks I have known.

Maybe it was destiny to be in the final against Andre."

Sampras, 31 years old, grabbed hold of the match right from the start against the 32-year-old Agassi, and the crowd loved it. …

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