Monday, July 6, 1998 - The Michigan Daily - 17
Sampras ties record,
wins fifth Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Pete Sampras
beat Goran Ivanisevic in five sets yesterday to win
his fifth Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam
Sampras, converting a few key returns to break
the Croatian's big serve, won the tournament for the
fifth time in six years with a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (11-9),
6-4, 3-6, 6-2 triumph.
When Ivanisevic sailed a backhand long on the
first match point, Sampras responded in subdued
fashion, raising his arms and flashing a big smile.
The victory tied Sampras with Bjorn Borg for the
most Wimbledon singles titles of the open era. Borg
won five straight from 1976-80.
"I can't believe I've won five," Sampras said.
"This is what it's all about."
Sampras also moved into a second-place tie with
Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list of Grand
Slam victories, just one behind the record of 12 held
by Roy Emerson.
By reasserting his grass-court superiority and
extending his Wimbledon record to 44-2 since
1992, Sampras ended a yearlong slump in which he
failed to get past the quarterfinals of the last three
Grand Slam events.
For Ivanisevic, it marked his third defeat in a
Wimbledon final. He lost to Andre Agassi in 1992
and Sampras in 1994.
"It hurts a lot," Ivanisevic said.
The match was dominated by big serves and fea-
tured few extended rallies, another example of the
power tennis which has typified Wimbledon finals
in the 1990s.
"It was a very tough match," Sampras said. "It
could have gone either way."
Ivanisevic had 32 aces and Sampras had 12. But
the key statistic was Ivanisevic's 20 double faults.
"I didn't feel confident in the fifth set" Ivanisevic
said. "I was very tired. I had to do it earlier."
The match turned in the sixth game of the fifth
set when Sampras broke for 4-2, ripping a back-
hand return at Ivanisevic's feet. The Croatian could-
n't dig the ball out, dumping a forehand volley into
After Sampras held for 5-2, a distraught
Ivanisevic buried his head in his towel and muttered
to himself in Croatian during the changeover.
Sampras then broke him at love in the next game to
end the 2-hour, 52-minute match.
"Goran played a great game to break me in the
fourth set, and the fifth set is anybody's ball game,"
Sampras said. "It was just a couple of points here
and there. I was very nervous in the fifth set. I was
able to raise my level just a little bit. The next thing
I knew I won the match. It was kind of a weird feel-
Ivanisevic won the first set with a rollercoaster
serving show that included 13 aces and nine double
Ivanisevic saved six break points, including four
double faults in one game, while Sampras saved
The tiebreaker went Ivanisevic's way when he hit
a backhand passing shot for a mini-break and 2-0
lead and increased the lead to 5-2 with a forehand
winner. He then followed with an ace and a service
The first service break of the match came in the
second game of the second set when Sampras, head
to head with Ivanisevic across the net, stabbed a
reflex backhand volley to go up 2-0.
But Ivanisevic broke right back in the next game.
It took four break points before he converted by dri-
ving a forehand pass down the line.
Sampras didn't serve his first ace until the fifth
game of the second set, when he hit three in a row.
Only five points went against serve over the next
nine games as the two headed into another tiebreak-
After double faulting on the third point to go
down a mini-break, Ivanisevic evened it up with a
winning backhand return two points later.
Sampras saved two set points, while serving at 5-
6 and 7-8, both times Ivanisevic failing to take
advantage of second serves and hitting high back-
hand returns into the net.
Sampras had two set points with Ivanisevic serv-
ing at 6-7 and 8-9, but the Croatian saved both with
The turning came on the 19th point when an
Ivanisevic shot was ruled in but was then immedi-
ately changed to out by the lineswoman. Sampras,
initially thinking he had lost the point, shouted,
"Oh, my God," and held his head in his hands in dis-
But the point was replayed, and Ivanisevic sailed
a sloppy forehand volley way long to give Sampras
a third set point, this time on his own serve. He
promptly hit a service winner to take the set and
even the match.
Pete Sampras hoists the Wimbledon trophy above his head after yesterday's five-set victory over Goran
vic. The title, Sampras' fifth, ties him with Bjorn Borg for most Wimbledon singles titles In the open era.
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