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US$43,280,489

 5th all-time leader in earnings

Int. Tennis
Tennis
HoF 2007 (member page)

Singles

Career record 762–222 (77.43%)

Career titles 64

Highest ranking No. 1 (April 12, 1993)

Grand Slam Singles results

Australian Open W (1994, 1997)

French Open SF (1996)

Wimbledon W (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)

US Open W (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)

Other tournaments

Tour Finals W (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)

Grand Slam Cup W (1990, 1997)

Olympic Games 3R (1992)

Doubles

Career record 64–70 (47.76%)

Career titles 2

Highest ranking No. 27 (February 12, 1990)

Grand Slam Doubles results

Australian Open 2R (1989)

French Open 2R (1989)

Wimbledon 3R (1989)

US Open 1R (1988, 1989, 1990)

Team competitions

Davis Cup W (1992, 1995)

Petros Sampras[2] (born August 12, 1971) is an American retired tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport.[3][4] He was a right-handed player with a single-handed backhand and a precise and powerful serve that earned him the nickname "Pistol Pete". His professional career began in 1988 and ended at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
in the final. Sampras was the first man to win 14 Grand Slam singles titles (seven Wimbledon, five US Open, two Australian Open). Overall, he won 64 singles titles including seven year-end championships. He first reached world No. 1 in 1993 then held that position for a total of 286 weeks, including six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. Sampras was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
in 2007.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Professional career

2.1 1988: Turning professional 2.2 1989: First Grand Slam match wins 2.3 1990: First major title at the U.S. Open 2.4 1991: Year-end Championship title 2.5 1992: First Masters title 2.6 1993: Wimbledon and US Open titles, world No. 1 2.7 1994: Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon title 2.8 1995: Wimbledon and US Open titles, world No. 1 2.9 1996: US Open title and only Wimbledon loss in an 8-year period 2.10 1997: Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon titles 2.11 1998: Wimbledon title 2.12 1999: Wimbledon Year-end titles 2.13 2000: 13 majors and return to No. 1 2.14 2001: No singles title and drop in ranking 2.15 2002: 14th major and retirement 2.16 Career summary

3 Post-retirement activity 4 Rivalries

4.1 Sampras vs. Agassi 4.2 Sampras vs. Rafter

5 Playing style

5.1 Equipment

6 Personal and family life 7 Career statistics

7.1 Grand Slam performance timeline

8 Records and achievements

8.1 Records 8.2 Professional awards 8.3 Other achievements

9 Other awards 10 See also 11 Notes 12 References 13 Further reading 14 Video 15 External links

Early life[edit] Sampras was born in Washington, D.C., the third child of Soterios "Sammy" and Georgia (née Vroustouris) Sampras. His mother emigrated from Sparta, Greece, and his father was born in the United States
United States
to a Greek father, Costas "Gus" Sampras and a Polish Jewish mother, Sarah A. Steinberg.[5][6][7] He attended regular services of the Greek Orthodox Church on Sundays.[8] At the age of 3, he discovered a tennis racket in the basement of his home and spent hours hitting balls against the wall. In 1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, and the warmer climate there allowed the seven-year-old Sampras to play tennis throughout more of the year. From early on, his great idol was Rod Laver, and at the age of 11, Sampras met and played tennis with the legend.[9] The Sampras family joined the Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
Club, and it was here that Sampras's talent became apparent. As a teenager, Sampras trained with tennis coach Robert Lansdorp. Sampras learned the Lansdorp Forehand from Lansdorp. The forehand he learned from Lansdorp was the same forehand he used throughout his career. The key was an emphasis on driving through the ball and not hitting extreme topspin. [10] He was spotted by Peter Fischer, a pediatrician and tennis enthusiast, who coached Sampras until 1989.[9][11] Fischer was responsible for converting Sampras's double-handed backhand to single-hand with the goal of being better prepared to win Wimbledon.[12][13] Professional career[edit] 1988: Turning professional[edit] Sampras turned professional in 1988, at the age of 16, and finished the year ranked World No. 97 after starting the year at World No. 893.[14] His first professional match was a loss to Sammy Giammalva, Jr. at the February Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor
U.S. Pro Indoor
in Philadelphia. However, just one week later, at the Lipton International Players Championships in Miami, Sampras defeated two top-40 players, before losing to world number 18 Emilio Sánchez. Sampras did not defeat another top-40 player for almost six months, at which point he defeated World No. 39 Michiel Schapers
Michiel Schapers
at a US Open warm-up tournament in Rye Brook, New York. In his first Grand Slam singles match, Sampras lost to World No. 69 Jaime Yzaga of Peru
Peru
in the first round of the US Open. Sampras did not advance past the quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, although he did record wins over World No. 79 Jim Courier
Jim Courier
in their first career match-up, along with defeating world number 8 Tim Mayotte.[15] 1989: First Grand Slam match wins[edit] The following year, Sampras slightly improved his ranking to a year-ending world number 81.[16] He lost in the first round of the 1989 Australian Open
Australian Open
to Christian Saceanu and, at that year's French Open, won a Grand Slam singles match for the first time in his career; in the second round he lost to eventual champion and fellow American teenager Michael Chang
Michael Chang
in their first career match-up. A few weeks later, Sampras lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Todd Woodbridge. At the US Open, Sampras defeated defending champion and fifth-seeded Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander
in the second round before losing to World No. 13 Jay Berger in the fourth round. To end the year, Sampras lost in the first round in four consecutive tournaments.[17] 1990: First major title at the U.S. Open[edit] He lost to Wilander in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Sydney. At the Australian Open, Sampras upset twelfth-ranked Mayotte in the first round before losing to thirteenth-ranked Yannick Noah
Yannick Noah
in the fourth round in four sets. His first professional singles title came in February at the Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor
U.S. Pro Indoor
in Philadelphia, where he defeated sixth-ranked Andre Agassi, eighth-ranked Mayotte, and eighteenth-ranked Andrés Gómez
Andrés Gómez
in the final. This title elevated his ranking into the top 20 for the first time. Sampras finished 1990 at World No. 5, having started the year ranked World No. 61 just prior to the start of the Australian Open.[18] Sampras did not play in the 1990 French Open
French Open
and again lost in the first round of Wimbledon, this time to Christo van Rensburg. Sampras played seven consecutive weeks during the North American summer hard-court season. He defeated John McEnroe
John McEnroe
in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Open, but then lost to Chang in the semifinals. He also reached the semifinals of the tournament in Los Angeles, where he lost to World No. 2 Stefan Edberg. He did not advance past the quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, losing to Chang, Richey Reneberg, and Goran Ivanišević. In September, Sampras captured his first Grand Slam title, at the US Open. Along the way, he defeated sixth-ranked Thomas Muster
Thomas Muster
in the fourth round and third-ranked Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
in a five-set quarterfinal, breaking Lendl's streak of eight consecutive US Open finals. He then defeated 20th-ranked McEnroe in a four-set semifinal to set up a final with fourth-ranked Agassi. Sampras beat Agassi in straight sets to become the US Open's youngest-ever male singles champion at the age of 19 years and 28 days.[19] He played five more tournaments and won the Grand Slam Cup to complete his year.[20] 1991: Year-end Championship title[edit]

Sampras in 1992

In 1991, Sampras captured the first of his five career titles at the year-end Tennis
Tennis
Masters Cup. Upon entering the US Open as the defending champion that year, he caused controversy when, after losing in the quarterfinals to Jim Courier, Sampras said that he was not disappointed and felt relieved that the pressure to defend his title was no longer on him. This led to widespread criticism, which included disparaging remarks from Courier and Jimmy Connors.[21] 1992: First Masters title[edit] In 1992, Sampras reached the quarterfinals of the French Open
French Open
for the first of three consecutive years, made it to the Wimbledon semifinals, and was the runner-up at the US Open to Stefan Edberg. Sampras later stated that his loss in the US Open final that year was a "wake-up call" and that he needed to figure out how to become the world number 1.[22] He also played doubles with John McEnroe
John McEnroe
on the US team that won the Davis Cup, duplicating the feat in 1995. 1992 was also the year when Sampras made his only competitive appearance at the Olympics. The event was played on clay, his worst surface. Nonetheless, Sampras advanced to the third round before giving up a two-set lead and losing to Andrei Cherkasov
Andrei Cherkasov
of Russia. 1993: Wimbledon and US Open titles, world No. 1[edit] Sampras reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
Australian Open
in early 1993, losing again to Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg
and matching the previous year's quarterfinal performance at the French Open. In April 1993, Sampras attained the world number 1 ranking for the first time. His rise to the top of the rankings was controversial because he had not recently won any Grand Slam titles,[23] but he justified his ranking three months later by claiming his first of seven Wimbledon titles, beating former world number 1 and fellow American Jim Courier
Jim Courier
in the final. This was followed by his second US Open title. He finished the year as the clear no. 1 and set a new ATP Tour
ATP Tour
record that year by becoming the first player to serve more than 1,000 aces in a season. 1994: Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon title[edit] Sampras won the first of two Australian Open
Australian Open
titles in 1994, defeating American Todd Martin
Todd Martin
in the final, and then defended his Wimbledon later that year. 1995: Wimbledon and US Open titles, world No. 1[edit] In 1995, Sampras battled with co-patriot Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
for the world No. 1 ranking. Sampras experienced one of the most emotional matches of his career, when he played Courier in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.[24] Sampras' longtime coach and close friend, Tim Gullikson, had mysteriously collapsed during the tournament and was forced to return to the United States. Gullikson was later diagnosed with brain cancer, to which he succumbed the following year. Saddened by Gullikson's illness, Sampras began visibly weeping during the match when a spectator shouted to win it for Gullikson, but managed to defeat Courier. Sampras went on to lose the final to Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
in four sets. Paul Annacone
Paul Annacone
took over as Sampras' full-time coach after Gullikson's illness made it impossible for him to continue coaching.[25] Sampras defeated Agassi in the final at Indian Wells, and then won his third straight Wimbledon title over Boris Becker. Sampras lost in the final of the Canadian Masters to Agassi, and then beat Agassi in the final of the US Open.[25] 1996: US Open title and only Wimbledon loss in an 8-year period[edit] In the year's first major, the Australian Open, the top-seeded Sampras lost to the unseeded Mark Philippoussis
Mark Philippoussis
6-4, 7-6(11–9), 7-6(7–3) in the tournament's third round. Sampras had what would end up being his best run ever at that year's French Open, losing in a semifinal match to the eventual winner, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, 7-6(7–4), 6-0, 6-2. In the eight Wimbledons inclusive between 1993 and 2000, 1996 was the only year that Sampras would fail to win the championship at Wimbledon. Sampras lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to the eventual winner, Richard Krajicek, the tournament's 17th-seed. The match lasted three long sets, with Krajicek winning 7-5, 7-6(7–3), 6-4. In the quarterfinals of the US Open, Sampras vomited on the court at 1–1 in the final set tiebreak (due to dehydration) while facing Àlex Corretja; nonetheless, Sampras would win that match. Sampras advanced to the finals where he defeated world number two Michael Chang to defend his US Open title. Sampras finished off the year by claiming the season-ending ATP Tour World Championship. 1997: Australian Open
Australian Open
and Wimbledon titles[edit] Sampras won his second Australian Open
Australian Open
title in January, defeating Carlos Moyá
Carlos Moyá
in the final.[26] In July, he won Wimbledon for the fourth time, defeating Cédric Pioline
Cédric Pioline
in the final.[27] Sampras also won singles titles in San Jose, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Munich, and Paris, and the ATP Tour
ATP Tour
World Championships in Hanover, Germany. He became the only player to win both the Grand Slam Cup and the ATP Tour World Championships in the same year. He had a 10–1 win–loss record against top-10 opponents and was undefeated in eight singles finals. He held the world number 1 ranking for the entire year and joined Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(1974–1978) as the only male players to hold the year-end world number 1 ranking for five consecutive years. His prize money earnings of US$6,498,211 for the year was a career high. 1998: Wimbledon title[edit] In 1998, Sampras's No. 1 ranking was challenged by Chilean player Marcelo Ríos. Sampras failed to defend his Australian Open
Australian Open
title, losing in the quarterfinals to Karol Kučera,[28] and won Wimbledon only after a hard-fought five-set victory over Goran Ivanišević. Sampras lost in the final of the Cincinnati Masters
Cincinnati Masters
to Patrick Rafter after a controversial line call. Sampras faced Rafter again in the semifinals of the US Open, losing in five sets after leading the match two sets to one, and Rafter went on to win his second consecutive US Open title. Sampras lost another semifinal at the Tennis
Tennis
Masters Cup to eventual champion Àlex Corretja. Nevertheless, Sampras finished the year as the top-ranked player for the sixth year in a row. 1999: Wimbledon Year-end titles[edit] The year started with a withdrawal from the Australian Open
Australian Open
and Sampras failed to win a title during the early part of the season. However, he then went on a 24-match winning streak, including the Stella Artois Championships, Wimbledon (equaling Roy Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles), Los Angeles, and Cincinnati (a rematch of last year's final with Patrick Rafter). Sampras' victory over Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
in the Wimbledon final is often cited as one of the greatest performances in a Wimbledon final,[29] (despite this, he lost his no. 1 ranking to Agassi the following day, when ATP Tour
ATP Tour
rankings were updated). That run ended when he was forced to retire from the RCA Championships
RCA Championships
and the US Open because of a herniated disc in his back. Sampras' ranking was hurt through a combination of withdrawing from the Australian and US Opens, tournaments in which he had strong performances during the previous year, and the resurgence of longtime rival Agassi, putting an end to Sampras' six consecutive years of finishing as world number 1. Agassi took over the top ranking and held it for the rest of the season, but Sampras recovered and managed to beat him in the season-ending Tennis
Tennis
Masters Cup for the fifth and final time, enabling Sampras to remain third in the rankings. 2000: 13 majors and return to No. 1[edit] Sampras reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
Australian Open
in early 2000, falling to the eventual champion Agassi in a five-set match. He won the Ericsson Open for the third time in March. After getting knocked out in the first round at the French Open, he won his seventh title and fourth consecutive at Wimbledon, battling through tendinitis in his right shin and a painful back injury in the process. This was his monumental 13th Grand Slam singles title, breaking the all-time record of Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
that had stood for over 30 years. In the 2000 US Open, Sampras overcame Richard Krajicek
Richard Krajicek
in four sets at the quarterfinals (including a comeback from 2-6 down in a tiebreaker) but lost the final to Marat Safin.[30] Sampras' run to the final briefly returned him to the No. 1 ranking, but Gustavo Kuerten
Gustavo Kuerten
ended the year atop the rankings.[31] This would be the last time Sampras was ranked No. 1, extending his ATP record career total to 286 weeks; the record was surpassed by Roger Federer
Roger Federer
in 2012. 2001: No singles title and drop in ranking[edit] Sampras' 31-match Wimbledon win streak ended in a five set loss to Roger Federer, aged 19, in the fourth round; this was the only time the two tennis legends ever played an official professional match. At the US Open, Sampras reached the final but lost in straight sets to Lleyton Hewitt.[32] Overall, this season was the first in 12 years that Sampras did not win a single title, and he finished the year ranked No. 10, also his lowest since 1989. 2002: 14th major and retirement[edit] In 2002, Sampras suffered an early exit from Wimbledon, losing in the second round to no. 145 fast-court specialist George Bastl
George Bastl
of Switzerland. After that loss, Sampras asked his former coach Paul Annacone to return and coach through the US Open.[33] Sampras had a relatively poor summer leading up to the US Open, losing at Cincinnati to No. 70-ranked Wayne Arthurs in the second round, and then being eliminated at the opening round at Long Island by No. 85. Paul-Henri Mathieu. At the US Open, Sampras was seeded 17th. Greg Rusedski, whom Sampras had defeated in a long five-set third round match at the US Open, said that Sampras was "a step and a half slower" and predicted that Sampras would lose his next match. Sampras, however, then defeated two young stars, Tommy Haas
Tommy Haas
in the fourth round and Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
in the quarterfinals. He then defeated Sjeng Schalken
Sjeng Schalken
in the semifinals to reach his third straight US Open final, and eighth US Open final overall, tying Ivan Lendl's all-time record. This time, he faced Agassi, whom he had met in his very first Grand Slam final 12 years earlier. After a four-set battle between the two veterans, Sampras claimed a then-record 14th Grand Slam singles title and matched Jimmy Connors' record of five US Open singles championships.[34] Sampras did not compete in any tour events in the following 12 months, but he did not officially announce his retirement until August 2003, just prior to the US Open.[35] He chose not to defend his title there, but his retirement announcement was timed so that he could say farewell at a special ceremony organized for him at the Open.[35] At the time of his retirement, many regarded Sampras as the greatest player of all time.[36][37] Career summary[edit] Sampras won 64 top-level singles titles (including 14 Grand Slam titles, 11 Super 9/ATP Masters Series/ ATP World Tour
ATP World Tour
Masters 1000 titles and five Tennis
Tennis
Masters Cup titles) and two doubles titles. He was ranked the world number 1 for a total of 286 weeks (the second most of all-time after Roger Federer's 308 weeks) and was year-end no. 1 for a record six consecutive years from 1993 through 1998. Sampras was known for his natural attacking serve-and-volley game, all-round game, and strong competitive instinct. Sampras's best surface was undoubtedly the fast-playing grass courts,[38] Sampras won seven Wimbledon Gentleman's Singles titles (1993–95, 1997–2000), broken only by a loss in the 1996 quarterfinals to eventual winner Richard Krajicek. Sampras's seven Wimbledon Gentleman's Singles titles, tied with William Renshaw, has only been surpassed by Roger Federer who won a record eighth Gentleman's Singles title in 2017.[39] Sampras is lauded by many tennis analysts as one of the greatest male grass-court players of all time.[29] Sampras also shares the record of five US Open titles in the Open Era
Open Era
with Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
and Federer. He won back-to-back US Open titles in 1995 and 1996, despite vomiting on the court at 1–1 in the final set tiebreak due to dehydration in the 1996 quarterfinals against Àlex Corretja. Combined with his two Australian Open
Australian Open
titles, this gave Sampras a total of fourteen majors won on grass and hard courts. Sampras's only real weakness was on clay courts, where the slow surface tempered his natural attacking serve-and-volley game. His best performance at the French Open
French Open
came in 1996, when he lost a semifinal match to the eventual winner, Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Despite his limited success at Roland Garros, Sampras did win some significant matches on clay. He won a 1992 clay court tournament in Kitzbühel, defeating Alberto Mancini in the final. He won the prestigious Italian Open in 1994, defeating Boris Becker
Boris Becker
in the final, and two singles matches in the 1995 Davis Cup
Davis Cup
final against Russians Andrei Chesnokov and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Moscow. Sampras also won a 1998 clay court tournament in Atlanta, defeating Jason Stoltenberg
Jason Stoltenberg
in the final. Post-retirement activity[edit]

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
at Champions Cup Boston, in 2007

On April 6, 2006, three and a half years after his retirement, Sampras resurfaced and played his first exhibition match in River Oaks, Houston, Texas, against 23-year-old Robby Ginepri. Ginepri won the match in two sets. Sampras later announced that he would be playing in World Team Tennis
Tennis
events. 2007 saw Sampras announcing that he would play in a few events on the Outback Champions Series, a group of tournaments for former ATP players who have met certain criteria during their careers.[40] Sampras won his first two events on tour, defeating Todd Martin
Todd Martin
in both finals (one of which included Sampras's first trip to his ancestral homeland, Greece).[41] Many observers noted that despite his lengthy layoff from competitive tournaments, Sampras still possessed many of the previous skills he had displayed while on the ATP tour, with tennis legend John McEnroe
John McEnroe
going as far as to say that Sampras would be worthy of a top five seeding at Wimbledon were he to enter the tournament.[42] On November 20, 2007, Sampras lost the first of three exhibition matches in Asia against Roger Federer
Roger Federer
in Seoul, Korea.[43] Two days later in Kuala Lumpur, Sampras again lost to Federer in two tiebreaks. However, Sampras was able to win the last match of the series, winning in two sets on fast carpet.[44] On February 18, 2008, in an exhibition match during the SAP Open, Sampras defeated another active player, former world No. 2 Tommy Haas. Sampras dispatched the German in 43 minutes.[45] On March 10, 2008, Sampras played another exhibition match against world No. 1 Roger Federer
Roger Federer
at Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in New York City. Sampras once again lost the match in three tight sets.[46] In 2009 Sampras won two Outback Champions Series titles. He defeated McEnroe in the final of the Champions Cup Boston in February and Patrick Rafter
Patrick Rafter
in the final of The Del Mar Development Champions Cup in March.[47] Sampras was present at the 2009 Wimbledon final between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer
Roger Federer
to witness Federer eclipse his mark of 14 major titles and become the most successful man in Grand Slam history. Sampras's record of 14 majors had lasted for seven years. The following year along with Federer, Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
and Rafael Nadal, he played an exhibition doubles match at Indian Wells to raise money for the people of Haiti
Haiti
who had been affected by the earthquake. In November 2010 Sampras reported that many of his trophies and memorabilia had been stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility.[48] The loss included the trophy from his first Australian Open victory,[49] two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for finishing top in the year-end rankings.[50] Most of the stolen items have since been recovered and returned.[51] On November 17, 2011, Sampras played and lost an exhibition match against Milos Raonic. Sampras’ serve approached 200 km/h throughout the night.[52] Rivalries[edit] Sampras vs. Agassi[edit] Main article: Agassi–Sampras rivalry The rivalry has been considered the greatest of the generation of players competing in the 90's, as they the most successful players of that decade, and had a contrasting playing style, with both Sampras and Agassi being respectively considered the greatest server and the greatest serve returner ever. Sampras won 20 of the 34 matches he played against Agassi.[53] The 1990 US Open was their first meeting in a Grand Slam tournament final. Agassi was favored because he was ranked world number 4, compared to the world number 12 ranking of Sampras and because Agassi had defeated Sampras in their only previously completed match. However, Agassi lost the final to Sampras in straight sets. Their next meeting in a Grand Slam was at the 1992 French Open, where they met in the quarterfinals. Although Sampras was higher ranked, Agassi prevailed in straight sets. Their next Grand Slam meeting was at the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 1993, where Agassi was the defending champion and Sampras was the newly minted world number 1. Sampras prevailed in five sets, and went on to win his first Wimbledon championship. With both Sampras and Agassi participating, the U.S. won the Davis Cup in 1995. Notable Sampras-Agassi matches of 1995 included the finals of the Australian Open, the Newsweek Champions Cup, the Lipton International Players Championships, the Canadian Open, and the US Open, with Sampras winning the Newsweek Champions Cup and the US Open. The next time Sampras and Agassi met in a Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 1999, where Sampras won in straight sets. For both, it was considered a career rejuvenation, as Sampras had suffered a string of disappointments in the last year while Agassi was regaining his status as a top-ranked player after winning the French Open. Sampras forfeited the world number 1 ranking to Agassi when injury forced Sampras to withdraw from that year's US Open, which Agassi went on to win. They faced each other twice in the season-ending ATP Tour
ATP Tour
World Championships, with Sampras losing the round-robin match, but winning the final. They played each other only once in 2000. The top-ranked Agassi defeated world number 3 Sampras in the semifinals of the Australian Open in five sets. In arguably their most memorable match, Sampras defeated Agassi in the 2001 US Open quarterfinals 6–7, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6. There were no breaks of serve during the entire match. Reruns of the match are frequently featured on television, especially during US Open rain delays. The final of the 2002 US Open was their first meeting in a US Open final since 1995. The match was also notable because they had defeated several up-and-coming players en route to the final. Sampras had defeated world number 3 Tommy Haas
Tommy Haas
in the fourth round and future world number 1 Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
in the quarterfinals, while Agassi had defeated world number 1 and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt
in the semifinals. Sampras defeated Agassi in four sets. This was the final ATP tour
ATP tour
singles match of Sampras's career.[54] In August 2010, Sampras played an exhibition game with Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
at the indoor arena Coliseo Cubierto El Campin
Coliseo Cubierto El Campin
in Bogotá, Colombia. Sampras vs. Rafter[edit] Sampras won 12 of the 16 matches he played against Rafter, including eight of their first nine, and their final four meetings.[55] In 1997, Rafter won the US Open, a tournament that many expected Sampras to win, having won in 1995 and 1996. The win catapulted Rafter to the year-end no. 2 rankings behind Sampras. Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe
John McEnroe
believed Rafter to be a "one-slam wonder", since it was only his second career ATP title.[56] Up to that point, Sampras was 5-1 against Rafter, and defeated Rafter three times in fall 1997 to solidify his No. 1 ATP ranking.[57] "We're not the best of mates," Rafter said of Sampras after 1997 Davis Cup
Davis Cup
semifinals, "I wouldn't go out for a beer with him, put it that way. I don't know what the story is. There's a bit of feeling."[58] In 1998, Rafter came back from a set down to defeat Sampras in the Cincinnati Masters
Cincinnati Masters
final, a title that Sampras needed to win in order get the maximum ranking points to stay No. 1 ahead of Marcelo Ríos. During that match, Rafter's serve was called out, but the umpire overruled the call to give Rafter the ace and the Cincinnati title. Sampras was displeased, and stood at the baseline for several seconds, making the victorious Rafter wait at the net, and then refused to shake the umpire's hand.[57] Sampras, at the time winner of 11 Grand Slams, when asked about the difference between himself and Rafter, said "Ten grand slams", that a controversial line-call cost him the match, and that a player had to come back and win another Grand Slam title in order to be considered great.[59][60] Rafter went on to win the Canadian Masters as well, earning the third seed at the 1998 US Open. The two met in the semifinals of the 1998 US Open, where Sampras was slowed in the third set by a leg injury and called for a trainer, and Rafter broke Sampras twice in the deciding fifth set.[57] Sampras's loss denied him the chance to match two records—Jimmy Connors' mark of five U.S. Open titles and Roy Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam singles titles. Sampras cited a leg injury as the reason Rafter won, an attitude that upset the Australian: "He really does say some funny things at the wrong time", said Rafter, "We are out there busting our guts and he doesn't show a lot of respect at the end of the day. He tries to play down the reason why he lost, giving no respect to the other player, and that is what really upsets me about him and the reason I try to piss him off as much as I can."[61] Following Rafter's successful defense of his 1997 U.S. Open title by defeating Mark Philippoussis in the 1998 final, when asked about Sampras' earlier comments about having to win another Grand Slam in order to be considered great, Rafter replied: "Maybe you can ask him that question, if he thinks that now. For me, I won another Slam, and it hasn't sunk in yet. It's very, very exciting for me, especially to repeat it".[59] For his part, Sampras said about Rafter, "When I see him holding the US Open trophy, it pisses me off."[62] Rafter responded by calling Sampras a “cry baby” and saying that it would be better for tennis if someone besides the American were No. 1.[57] Sampras, whose struggles from 1998 continued over to early 1999, lost a third consecutive time against Rafter at the World Team Cup, in straight sets, just before the French Open. By the summer of 1999 having rebuilt his confidence, en route to compiling a 24-match winning streak of four titles including Wimbledon, Sampras prevailed against Rafter in the Cincinnati Masters
Cincinnati Masters
final, a rematch of the previous year's final, and the two were friendly in the trophy ceremony.[57] Later that summer, Sampras withdrew from the U.S. Open due to an injured back, while Rafter retired in the first round as a result of a torn rotor cuff.[63] The next Sampras-Rafter match was the 2000 Wimbledon final, after Rafter overcame Agassi in the semifinals, a four-set final which included a 26-minute rain delay. Both players had flown in their parents for the Wimbledon final, the first time in years they would see their sons play.[58] Sampras lost the first-set tiebreaker, and trailed in the second-set tiebreaker 1-4 before taking 5 consecutive points to win that set, then won the third and fourth sets for the Championship, with just 10 minutes of daylight left. That victory gave Sampras his 13th Grand Slam title, breaking the record of 12 by Roy Emerson for the most Grand Slam titles. After the match ended, Sampras called Rafter “all class, on and off the court”, while Rafter said he was lucky to overcome early season injuries to make the final.[57][64][65] Sampras and Rafter met in the fourth round of the 2001 US Open, with Sampras winning.[66] Playing style[edit] Sampras was an all-court player who would often serve and volley. Possessing an all-around skill, in the early years of his career, when not serving, his strategy was to be offensive from the baseline, put opponents in a defensive position, and finish points at the net. In his later years, he became even more offensive and would either employ a chip-and-charge strategy or try to hit an offensive shot on the return and follow his return to the net.[citation needed] He had an accurate and powerful first serve, one of the best of all time.[67] He had great disguise on both his first and second serves, and his second serve was nearly as powerful as his first. He was known for producing aces on critical points, even with his second serves.[68][69] Sampras was able to hit winners from both his forehand and backhand from all over the court. He was able to catch attacks wide to his forehand using his speed and hitting a forehand shot on the run. When successfully executed, he won many points outright or put opponents immediately on the defensive, because of the extreme pace and flat nature of the shot. This style did not help him on clay courts, according to some critics.[70] Equipment[edit] Sampras used one racket type, the Wilson Pro Staff Original,[71] for his entire professional career—a racket first introduced in 1983. He played with Babolat natural gut, with all his rackets re-strung before each match (used or not) at 75 lbs tension (more or less, depending on conditions). His rackets had weight added to bring them close to 400 g, but the frame proper was a production model manufactured at a Wilson factory on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. The handles were custom-built.[72] Post-retirement, Sampras has used a slightly modified Pro Staff Tour 90 and, from 2008, a new version of the original Pro Staff, produced with in-between head size of 88 square inches and heavier weight at 349 grams unstrung.[73] Since mid-2010,[74] Sampras has been spotted at multiple exhibitions playing with a Babolat Pure Storm Tour, along with Babolat's popular RPM Blast strings.[75] "I need a little more pop...I need it if I'm going to play some tennis," he said after playing Gael Monfils in an exhibition at the SAP Open.[76] During a good part of 2011, Sampras used a racquet that was painted all black, with Tourna Grip and Tourna Damper. In the late 1980s, Sampras signed a three-year endorsement contract with Sergio Tacchini. It was extended to five years before Sampras signed with Nike in 1994.[77] He wore Nike apparel and Nike Air Oscillate footwear on court.[78] Personal and family life[edit] Pete's father and mother are from Greece
Greece
and his paternal grandmother is Jewish. Sampras's older sister, Stella Sampras Webster, is the women's tennis head coach at UCLA,[79] and his younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los Angeles. His older brother, Gus, has been tournament director at the Scottsdale ATP event, but in 2007 he became president of the firm managing Pete's business activities.[80] On September 30, 2000, Sampras married American actress and former Miss Teen USA
Miss Teen USA
Bridgette Wilson.[81] On November 21, 2002, their firstborn son, Christian Charles Sampras, was born.[82] On July 29, 2005, the couple had their second son, Ryan Nikolaos Sampras.[83] They reside in Lake Sherwood, California.[84] Sampras has β-thalassemia minor, a genetic trait that sometimes causes mild anemia.[85] A book titled Facing Sampras: Symposium of a Champion was published in December 2017. Politically, Sampras is a Republican. He supported John McCain
John McCain
in 2008.[86][87][87] Career statistics[edit] Main article: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
career statistics Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 SR W–L Win

Australian Open

1R 4R A A SF W F 3R W QF A SF 4R 4R 2 / 11 45–9 83.33%

French Open

2R A 2R QF QF QF 1R SF 3R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 13 24–13 64.86%

Wimbledon

1R 1R 2R SF W W W QF W W W W 4R 2R 7 / 14 63–7 90%

US Open 1R 4R W QF F W 4R W W 4R SF A F F W 5 / 14 71–9 88.75%

Win–Loss 0–1 4–4 10–2 6–3 15–3 23–2 21–2 20–2 18–3 19–2 17–3 8–1 18–3 13–4 11–3 14 / 52 203–38 84.23%

Records and achievements[edit] Records[edit]

These records were attained in Open Era
Open Era
of tennis. Records in bold indicate peer-less achievements.

Time span Selected Grand Slam tournament records Players matched

1995 Wimbledon — 2000 US Open 8 consecutive finals appearances won[a] Stands alone

1992 US Open — 2002 US Open 11 consecutive years reaching 1+ final Ivan Lendl

Grand Slam tournaments Time Span Records at each Grand Slam tournament Players matched

US Open 1990–2002 5 titles overall[88] Jimmy Connors Roger Federer^

US Open 1990–2002 8 finals overall[89] Ivan Lendl^

US Open 1990 Youngest US Open champion[90] Stands alone

Time span Other selected records Players matched

1993–1998 6 years finished at Year–End No. 1^[90][91][92] Stands alone

1990–2000 Won at least one big title for 11 consecutive years (Grand Slams, Masters 1000 or WTF) Roger Federer

1990, 1992, 1997–1998 4 U.S. Pro Indoor
U.S. Pro Indoor
titles Jimmy Connors Rod Laver John McEnroe

1991–1992, 1996 3 Indianapolis Tennis
Tennis
Championships titles Stands alone

Professional awards[edit]

ATP Player of the Year: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.[93] ITF World Champion: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.[94]

Other achievements[edit]

Sampras (1997–2000) won four consecutive Wimbledon singles titles, second only to Borg and Federer (who have five consecutive titles each). During the Open Era, only Borg (1978–81 French Open
French Open
and 1976–80 Wimbledon), Sampras (1997–2000 Wimbledon), Federer (2003–07 Wimbledon and 2004–08 US Open), and Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(2005–08 French Open and 2010–2014 French Open) have won at least one Grand Slam tournament four consecutive times. Ken Rosewall, Sampras and Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
are the only men to have won Grand Slam singles titles as a teenager, in their 20s, and in their 30s. Sampras won 40 of the 42 singles matches he played on Wimbledon's Centre Court
Centre Court
and 63 of the 70 singles matches he played at the All England Club.

Other awards[edit] Summary of professional awards.[95]

U.S. Olympic Committee "Sportsman of the Year" in 1997. He was the first tennis player to receive this award.[96] GQ Magazine's Individual Athlete Award for Man of the Year in 2000. Selected the No. 1 player (of 25 players) in the past 25 years by a panel of 100 current and past players, journalists, and tournament directors to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ATP in 1997. Voted 48th athlete of Top 50 Greatest North American Athletes of ESPN's SportsCentury (also youngest on list). In 2005, TENNIS Magazine
TENNIS Magazine
named Sampras the greatest tennis player for the period 1965 through 2005, from its list, "The 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era".

See also[edit]

Tennis
Tennis
portal

List of Grand Slam men's singles champions All-time tennis records – men's singles Tennis
Tennis
records of the Open Era
Open Era
– Men's Singles

Notes[edit]

^ This record was achieved in non-consecutive Majors. The record for most consecutive Grand Slam finals won is 4, achieved by Rod Laver
Rod Laver
in 1969 (the same year he achieved the Grand Slam).

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Further reading[edit]

Collins, Bud; H. A. Branham (1996). Sampras: A Legend in the Works. Chicago: Bonus Books. ISBN 1-56625-062-5.  Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
and Peter Bodo (2009). Pete Sampras: The Autobiography – A Champion's Mind. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 978-1-84513-469-3.  Facing Sampras: Symposium of a Champion (to be published in early 2018)

Video[edit]

Wimbledon Classic Match: Federer vs Sampras (2001) Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006, Run Time: 233 minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR98. Legends of Wimbledon – Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(2006) Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006, Run Time: 60 minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR84. The Netjets Showdown: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
vs. Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(2008) Arts Alliance Amer, DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008, Run Time: 180 minutes, ASIN: B0013PVGN6.

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Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(achievement succession)

Sporting positions

Preceded by Jim Courier Jim Courier Andre Agassi Thomas Muster Thomas Muster Marcelo Ríos Marcelo Ríos Carlos Moyá Yevgeny Kafelnikov Patrick Rafter Andre Agassi World No. 1 April 12, 1993 – August 22, 1993 September 13, 1993 – April 9, 1995 November 6, 1995 – January 28, 1996 February 19, 1996 – March 10, 1996 April 15, 1996 – March 29, 1998 April 27, 1998 – August 9, 1998 August 24, 1998 – March 14, 1999 March 29, 1999 – May 2, 1999 June 14, 1999 – July 4, 1999 August 2, 1999 – September 12, 1999 September 11, 2000 – November 19, 2000 Succeeded by Jim Courier Andre Agassi Andre Agassi Thomas Muster Marcelo Ríos Marcelo Ríos Carlos Moyá Yevgeny Kafelnikov Andre Agassi Andre Agassi Marat Safin

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Michael Chang ATP Most Improved Player 1990 Succeeded by Jim Courier

Preceded by Jim Courier ATP Player of the Year 1993–1998 Succeeded by Andre Agassi

Preceded by Jim Courier ITF World Champion 1993–1998 Succeeded by Andre Agassi

Preceded by Michael Johnson USOC Sportsman of the Year 1997 Succeeded by Jonny Moseley

Records

Preceded by Ivan Lendl ATP Prize money leader 1996–2007 Succeeded by Roger Federer

Preceded by Björn Borg Most career Grand Slam singles titles (Open Era) July 4, 1999 – July 5, 2009 Succeeded by Roger Federer

Preceded by Roy Emerson Most career Grand Slam singles titles June 26, 2000 – July 5, 2009 Succeeded by Roger Federer

Preceded by Ivan Lendl Most weeks at World No. 1 September 11, 2000 – July 16, 2012 Succeeded by Roger Federer

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
in the Grand Slam Tournaments

v t e

Men's tennis players who won two or more Grand Slam singles titles in one calendar year

Four wins

1938: Don Budge 1962: Rod Laver 1969: Rod Laver

Three wins

1933: Jack Crawford (AC&FC&WI) 1934: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(AC&WI&US) 1955: Tony Trabert
Tony Trabert
(FO&WI&US) 1956: Lew Hoad
Lew Hoad
(AO&FO&WI) 1958: Ashley Cooper (AC&WI&US) 1964: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&WI&US) 1974: Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(AO&WI&US) 1988: Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander
(AO&FO&US) 2004: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2006: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2007: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI&US) 2010: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&WI&US) 2011: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&WI&US) 2015: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&WI&US)

Two wins

1903: Laurence Doherty
Laurence Doherty
(WI&US) 1920: Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
(WI&US) 1921: Bill Tilden
Bill Tilden
(WI&US) 1925: René Lacoste
René Lacoste
(FC&WI) 1927: René Lacoste
René Lacoste
(FC&US) 1928: Henri Cochet
Henri Cochet
(FC&US) 1932: Ellsworth Vines
Ellsworth Vines
(WI&US) 1935: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(FC&WI) 1936: Fred Perry
Fred Perry
(WI&US) 1937: Don Budge
Don Budge
(WI&US) 1939: Bobby Riggs
Bobby Riggs
(WI&US) 1947: Jack Kramer
Jack Kramer
(WI&US) 1950: Budge Patty
Budge Patty
(FC&WI) 1951: Dick Savitt (AC&WI)) 1952: Frank Sedgman
Frank Sedgman
(WI&US) 1953: Ken Rosewall
Ken Rosewall
(AC&FO) 1959: Alex Olmedo (AC&WI) 1960: Neale Fraser
Neale Fraser
(WI&US) 1961: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&US) 1963: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&FC) 1965: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&WI) 1967: Roy Emerson
Roy Emerson
(AC&FC) 1967: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
(WI&US) 1973: John Newcombe
John Newcombe
(AO&US) 1977: Guillermo Vilas
Guillermo Vilas
(FO&US) 1978: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1979: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1980: Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(FO&WI) 1981: John McEnroe
John McEnroe
(WI&US) 1982: Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(WI&US) 1984: John McEnroe
John McEnroe
(WI&US) 1986: Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
(FO&US) 1987: Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
(FO&US) 1989: Boris Becker
Boris Becker
(WI&US) 1992: Jim Courier
Jim Courier
(AO&FO) 1993: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(WI&US) 1994: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(AO&WI) 1995: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(WI&US) 1997: Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(AO&WI) 1999: Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
(FO&US) 2005: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(WI&US) 2008: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&WI) 2009: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(FO&WI) 2013: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&US) 2016: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(AO&FO) 2017: Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(AO&WI) 2017: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(FO&US)

AC=Australasian/Australian Championships, AO=Australian Open, FC=French Championships, FO=French Open, WI=Wimbledon, US=U.S. National Championships/US Open

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Australian Open
Australian Open
men's singles champions

(1969) Rod Laver (1970) Arthur Ashe (1971) Ken Rosewall (1972) Ken Rosewall (1973) John Newcombe (1974) Jimmy Connors (1975) John Newcombe (1976) Mark Edmondson (1977 (Jan)) Roscoe Tanner (1977 (Dec)) Vitas Gerulaitis (1978) Guillermo Vilas (1979) Guillermo Vilas (1980) Brian Teacher (1981) Johan Kriek (1982) Johan Kriek (1983) Mats Wilander (1984) Mats Wilander (1985) Stefan Edberg (1986) Not Held (1987) Stefan Edberg (1988) Mats Wilander (1989) Ivan Lendl (1990) Ivan Lendl (1991) Boris Becker (1992) Jim Courier (1993) Jim Courier (1994) Pete Sampras (1995) Andre Agassi (1996) Boris Becker (1997) Pete Sampras (1998) Petr Korda (1999) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (2000) Andre Agassi (2001) Andre Agassi (2002) Thomas Johansson (2003) Andre Agassi (2004) Roger Federer (2005) Marat Safin (2006) Roger Federer (2007) Roger Federer (2008) Novak Djokovic (2009) Rafael Nadal (2010) Roger Federer (2011) Novak Djokovic (2012) Novak Djokovic (2013) Novak Djokovic (2014) Stanislas Wawrinka (2015) Novak Djokovic (2016) Novak Djokovic (2017) Roger Federer (2018) Roger Federer

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Wimbledon (Open Era) gentlemen's singles champions

(1968) Rod Laver (1969) Rod Laver (1970) John Newcombe (1971) John Newcombe (1972) Stan Smith (1973) Jan Kodeš (1974) Jimmy Connors (1975) Arthur Ashe (1976) Björn Borg (1977) Björn Borg (1978) Björn Borg (1979) Björn Borg (1980) Björn Borg (1981) John McEnroe (1982) Jimmy Connors (1983) John McEnroe (1984) John McEnroe (1985) Boris Becker (1986) Boris Becker (1987) Pat Cash (1988) Stefan Edberg (1989) Boris Becker (1990) Stefan Edberg (1991) Michael Stich (1992) Andre Agassi (1993) Pete Sampras (1994) Pete Sampras (1995) Pete Sampras (1996) Richard Krajicek (1997) Pete Sampras (1998) Pete Sampras (1999) Pete Sampras (2000) Pete Sampras (2001) Goran Ivanišević (2002) Lleyton Hewitt (2003) Roger Federer (2004) Roger Federer (2005) Roger Federer (2006) Roger Federer (2007) Roger Federer (2008) Rafael Nadal (2009) Roger Federer (2010) Rafael Nadal (2011) Novak Djokovic (2012) Roger Federer (2013) Andy Murray (2014) Novak Djokovic (2015) Novak Djokovic (2016) Andy Murray (2017) Roger Federer

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US Open men's singles champions

(1968) Arthur Ashe (1969) Rod Laver (1970) Ken Rosewall (1971) Stan Smith (1972) Ilie Năstase (1973) John Newcombe (1974) Jimmy Connors (1975) Manuel Orantes (1976) Jimmy Connors (1977) Guillermo Vilas (1978) Jimmy Connors (1979) John McEnroe (1980) John McEnroe (1981) John McEnroe (1982) Jimmy Connors (1983) Jimmy Connors (1984) John McEnroe (1985) Ivan Lendl (1986) Ivan Lendl (1987) Ivan Lendl (1988) Mats Wilander (1989) Boris Becker (1990) Pete Sampras (1991) Stefan Edberg (1992) Stefan Edberg (1993) Pete Sampras (1994) Andre Agassi (1995) Pete Sampras (1996) Pete Sampras (1997) Patrick Rafter (1998) Patrick Rafter (1999) Andre Agassi (2000) Marat Safin (2001) Lleyton Hewitt (2002) Pete Sampras (2003) Andy Roddick (2004) Roger Federer (2005) Roger Federer (2006) Roger Federer (2007) Roger Federer (2008) Roger Federer (2009) Juan Martín del Potro (2010) Rafael Nadal (2011) Novak Djokovic (2012) Andy Murray (2013) Rafael Nadal (2014) Marin Čilić (2015) Novak Djokovic (2016) Stan Wawrinka (2017) Rafael Nadal

Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
career statistics

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Association of Tennis
Tennis
Professionals (ATP) world No. 1 singles players

Ilie Năstase
Ilie Năstase
(1973/1974 – 40 w) John Newcombe
John Newcombe
(1974 – 8 w) Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors
(1974/1983 – 268 w) Björn Borg
Björn Borg
(1977/1981 – 109 w) John McEnroe
John McEnroe
(1980/1985 – 170 w) Ivan Lendl
Ivan Lendl
(1983/1990 – 270 w) Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander
(1988/1989 – 20 w) Stefan Edberg
Stefan Edberg
(1990/1992 – 72 w) Boris Becker
Boris Becker
(1991 – 12 w) Jim Courier
Jim Courier
(1992/1993 – 58 w) Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
(1993/2000 – 286 w) Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi
(1995/2003 – 101 w) Thomas Muster
Thomas Muster
(1996 – 6 w) Marcelo Ríos
Marcelo Ríos
(1998 – 6 w) Carlos Moyá
Carlos Moyá
(1999 – 2 w) Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
(1999 – 6 w) Patrick Rafter
Patrick Rafter
(1999 – 1 w) Marat Safin
Marat Safin
(2000/2001 – 9 w) Gustavo Kuerten
Gustavo Kuerten
(2000/2001 – 43 w) Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt
(2001/2003 – 80 w) Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero
(2003 – 8 w) Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick
(2003/2004 – 13 w) Roger Federer
Roger Federer
(2004/2018 – 308 w) Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
(2008/2018 – 168 w) Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
(2011/2016 – 223 w) Andy Murray
Andy Murray
(2016/2017 – 41 w)

ATP singles rankings incepted on August 23, 1973 (year first held/year last held – number of weeks (w)) current No. 1 in bold, as of week of April 2, 2018[update]

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Year-end championships winners singles

(1970) Stan Smith (1971) Ilie Năstase (1972) Ilie Năstase (1973) Ilie Năstase (1974) Guillermo Vilas (1975) Ilie Năstase (1976) Manuel Orantes (1977) Jimmy Connors (1978) John McEnroe (1979) Björn Borg (1980) Björn Borg (1981) Ivan Lendl (1982) Ivan Lendl (1983) John McEnroe (1984) John McEnroe (1985) Ivan Lendl (1986) Ivan Lendl (1987) Ivan Lendl (1988) Boris Becker (1989) Stefan Edberg (1990) Andre Agassi (1991) Pete Sampras (1992) Boris Becker (1993) Michael Stich (1994) Pete Sampras (1995) Boris Becker (1996) Pete Sampras (1997) Pete Sampras (1998) Alex Corretja (1999) Pete Sampras (2000) Gustavo Kuerten (2001) Lleyton Hewitt (2002) Lleyton Hewitt (2003) Roger Federer (2004) Roger Federer (2005) David Nalbandian (2006) Roger Federer (2007) Roger Federer (2008) Novak Djokovic (2009) Nikolay Davydenko (2010) Roger Federer (2011) Roger Federer (2012) Novak Djokovic (2013) Novak Djokovic (2014) Novak Djokovic (2015) Novak Djokovic (2016) Andy Murray (2017) Grigor Dimitrov

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ATP Masters Series: Singles champions

Indian Wells Masters

1990: Stefan Edberg 1991: Jim Courier 1992: Michael Chang 1993: Jim Courier 1994: Pete Sampras 1995: Pete Sampras 1996: Michael Chang 1997: Michael Chang 1998: Marcelo Ríos 1999: Mark Philippoussis 2000: Àlex Corretja 2001: Andre Agassi 2002: Lleyton Hewitt 2003: Lleyton Hewitt 2004: Roger Federer 2005: Roger Federer 2006: Roger Federer 2007: Rafael Nadal 2008: Novak Djokovic 2009: Rafael Nadal 2010: Ivan Ljubičić 2011: Novak Djokovic 2012: Roger Federer 2013: Rafael Nadal 2014: Novak Djokovic 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Novak Djokovic 2017: Roger Federer 2018: Juan Martín del Potro

Miami Masters

1990: Andre Agassi 1991: Jim Courier 1992: Michael Chang 1993: Pete Sampras 1994: Pete Sampras 1995: Andre Agassi 1996: Andre Agassi 1997: Thomas Muster 1998: Marcelo Ríos 1999: Richard Krajicek 2000: Pete Sampras 2001: Andre Agassi 2002: Andre Agassi 2003: Andre Agassi 2004: Andy Roddick 2005: Roger Federer 2006: Roger Federer 2007: Novak Djokovic 2008: Nikolay Davydenko 2009: Andy Murray 2010: Andy Roddick 2011: Novak Djokovic 2012: Novak Djokovic 2013: Andy Murray 2014: Novak Djokovic 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Novak Djokovic 2017: Roger Federer 2018: John Isner

Monte-Carlo Masters

1990: Andrei Chesnokov 1991: Sergi Bruguera 1992: Thomas Muster 1993: Sergi Bruguera 1994: Andriy Medvedev 1995: Thomas Muster 1996: Thomas Muster 1997: Marcelo Ríos 1998: Carlos Moyá 1999: Gustavo Kuerten 2000: Cédric Pioline 2001: Gustavo Kuerten 2002: Juan Carlos Ferrero 2003: Juan Carlos Ferrero 2004: Guillermo Coria 2005: Rafael Nadal 2006: Rafael Nadal 2007: Rafael Nadal 2008: Rafael Nadal 2009: Rafael Nadal 2010: Rafael Nadal 2011: Rafael Nadal 2012: Rafael Nadal 2013: Novak Djokovic 2014: Stan Wawrinka 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Rafael Nadal 2017: Rafael Nadal

Hamburg/Madrid Masters

1990: Juan Aguilera 1991: Karel Nováček 1992: Stefan Edberg 1993: Michael Stich 1994: Andriy Medvedev 1995: Andriy Medvedev 1996: Roberto Carretero 1997: Andriy Medvedev 1998: Albert Costa 1999: Marcelo Ríos 2000: Gustavo Kuerten 2001: Albert Portas 2002: Roger Federer 2003: Guillermo Coria 2004: Roger Federer 2005: Roger Federer 2006: Tommy Robredo 2007: Roger Federer 2008: Rafael Nadal 2009: Roger Federer 2010: Rafael Nadal 2011: Novak Djokovic 2012: Roger Federer 2013: Rafael Nadal 2014: Rafael Nadal 2015: Andy Murray 2016: Novak Djokovic 2017: Rafael Nadal

Rome Masters

1990: Thomas Muster 1991: Emilio Sánchez 1992: Jim Courier 1993: Jim Courier 1994: Pete Sampras 1995: Thomas Muster 1996: Thomas Muster 1997: Àlex Corretja 1998: Marcelo Ríos 1999: Gustavo Kuerten 2000: Magnus Norman 2001: Juan Carlos Ferrero 2002: Andre Agassi 2003: Félix Mantilla 2004: Carlos Moyá 2005: Rafael Nadal 2006: Rafael Nadal 2007: Rafael Nadal 2008: Novak Djokovic 2009: Rafael Nadal 2010: Rafael Nadal 2011: Novak Djokovic 2012: Rafael Nadal 2013: Rafael Nadal 2014: Novak Djokovic 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Andy Murray 2017: Alexander Zverev Jr.

Canada Masters

1990: Michael Chang 1991: Andrei Chesnokov 1992: Andre Agassi 1993: Mikael Pernfors 1994: Andre Agassi 1995: Andre Agassi 1996: Wayne Ferreira 1997: Chris Woodruff 1998: Patrick Rafter 1999: Thomas Johansson 2000: Marat Safin 2001: Andrei Pavel 2002: Guillermo Cañas 2003: Andy Roddick 2004: Roger Federer 2005: Rafael Nadal 2006: Roger Federer 2007: Novak Djokovic 2008: Rafael Nadal 2009: Andy Murray 2010: Andy Murray 2011: Novak Djokovic 2012: Novak Djokovic 2013: Rafael Nadal 2014: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2015: Andy Murray 2016: Novak Djokovic 2017: Alexander Zverev Jr.

Cincinnati Masters

1990: Stefan Edberg 1991: Guy Forget 1992: Pete Sampras 1993: Michael Chang 1994: Michael Chang 1995: Andre Agassi 1996: Andre Agassi 1997: Pete Sampras 1998: Patrick Rafter 1999: Pete Sampras 2000: Thomas Enqvist 2001: Gustavo Kuerten 2002: Carlos Moyá 2003: Andy Roddick 2004: Andre Agassi 2005: Roger Federer 2006: Andy Roddick 2007: Roger Federer 2008: Andy Murray 2009: Roger Federer 2010: Roger Federer 2011: Andy Murray 2012: Roger Federer 2013: Rafael Nadal 2014: Roger Federer 2015: Roger Federer 2016: Marin Čilić 2017: Grigor Dimitrov

Stockholm/Essen/Stuttgart/Madrid/Shanghai Masters

1990: Boris Becker 1991: Boris Becker 1992: Goran Ivanišević 1993: Michael Stich 1994: Boris Becker 1995: Thomas Muster 1996: Boris Becker 1997: Petr Korda 1998: Richard Krajicek 1999: Thomas Enqvist 2000: Wayne Ferreira 2001: Tommy Haas 2002: Andre Agassi 2003: Juan Carlos Ferrero 2004: Marat Safin 2005: Rafael Nadal 2006: Roger Federer 2007: David Nalbandian 2008: Andy Murray 2009: Nikolay Davydenko 2010: Andy Murray 2011: Andy Murray 2012: Novak Djokovic 2013: Novak Djokovic 2014: Roger Federer 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Andy Murray 2017: Roger Federer

Paris Masters

1990: Stefan Edberg 1991: Guy Forget 1992: Boris Becker 1993: Goran Ivanišević 1994: Andre Agassi 1995: Pete Sampras 1996: Thomas Enqvist 1997: Pete Sampras 1998: Greg Rusedski 1999: Andre Agassi 2000: Marat Safin 2001: Sébastien Grosjean 2002: Marat Safin 2003: Tim Henman 2004: Marat Safin 2005: Tomáš Berdych 2006: Nikolay Davydenko 2007: David Nalbandian 2008: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2009: Novak Djokovic 2010: Robin Söderling 2011: Roger Federer 2012: David Ferrer 2013: Novak Djokovic 2014: Novak Djokovic 2015: Novak Djokovic 2016: Andy Murray 2017: Jack Sock

Authority control

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