Sublime performance from Sampras , even when Medvedev’s  backhand return rolled over the net-cord and the ball changed its direction, Sampras was able to produce a winner behind his back from the level of his calves (I counted it as a dropshot winner). During the perfect 50 minutes of play, the 22-year-old American had a lapse of concentration though; in his first service game of the 2nd set he missed five consecutive serves at comfortable lead 40/0. He risked the third straight double fault with a hard second serve, yet held. ‘PistolPete’ finished the one-sided encounter with his 1000th ace of the season! The match disappointed a lot, especially that they’d met twice before in 1993, and Sampras prevailed in both encounters with some troubles (2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Sydney and 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 at Key Biscayne). Despite awesome display against the 19-year-old Ukrainian, Sampras lost in four sets to an inspired Michael Stich in the final.
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