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Wimbledon Classic Match: Federer vs Sampras (2001)

 NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 233 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICLR98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this 5-set classic match from 2001, Pete Sampras, who ruled Wimbledon in the 1990's with 7 Men's Singles titles, takes on the man who would begin his own streak of titles at Wimbledon in 2003, Roger Federer.

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One dominant era ends as another one begins November 1, 2006
It is the classic tale of the changing of the guard as the seasoned veteran is taken down by the upstart heir apparent to the throne. Sampras owned Wimbledon since '93 and his only loss was to Krajicek in '96, but Federer at the 2001 Wimbledon showed the great potential that he has, but still wouldn't be fully realized until a year later when he won the 2002 Tennis Masters Championship and the rest is history. He has dominated tennis since like no player before him, including Sampras. Nadal has been the only player able to show that Federer is beatable, even if it's only on clay. Sampras was on his way out and would retire the next year at the U.S. Open and Federer was just getting going. Both were at the top of their games on that day during the 4th round of Wimbledon. It was a great match with the classic Sampras serve and volley with Federer showing great poise under pressure which has become his trademark. When you watch Federer or Sampras, you can't tell if they are down or up in the match, they just play with the killer blank face. Sampras has a record 14 Grand Slams with seven of those at Wimbledon and was ranked #1 6 straight years. Federer has 9 slams at 25, 4 straight Wimbledon titles and is the first man in the Open era to win at least 10 titles three straight years in a row. Get the DVD to see history as they will both go down at #1 and #2 in the history of men's tennis. Which order they go is up to you, but there is no debating they are the two greatest ever. Sorry Laver. Sorry Borg. If Agassi didn't lose so many finals to Sampras, he would have went down as #2 behind Federer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Other Reasons to Like this DVD April 22, 2008
** This match has NO Commercials and the coverage continues during the changeovers. Kinda cool to watch what they are doing when the camera on TV normally cut away.

** I watched this DVD on my iMAC - the quality of the video was excellent

** The DVD is divided up (logically) by set. Each set was around 40-50 minutes - the whole match was too long for me to watch at once but I just watched a set each night. Since I was playing tennis some days in between, it was cool to be inspired by the match

who are the announcers anyway?? One is American by the way - Pat McEnroe?? I saw John McEnroe and Ted Robinson in the background doing the commentary and kinda wished they were announcing here....but the two we heard we very good.

Definitely worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Match---Worthy of the Hype!!! September 2, 2007
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Since this is the only time that Pete Sampras and Roger Federer ever laced up their shoes and battled in a truly competitive setting, this is a historic match. The play is outstanding; Sampras's serve is so fluid and Federer's nerves are truly of steel. Sampras's resolve wavers slightly and it is all over. This match truly lives up to the idea that the tight matches hinge on just a few points. Get this match now!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GrassCourtDrama July 5, 2007
Tennis drama doesn't get better than this, especially in light of what Federer has accomplished since that match in 2001.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for tennis lovers January 29, 2008
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This is truly a must have for tennis lovers since it is the only Federer-Sampras match. The tennis is not as good as I hoped. I say this not because of the few rallies (Sampras and Federer were both serving extremely well), but because Sampras was tired and late by half a step everywhere and Federer had not yet decided to stick to the baseline. (He played serve and volley and was not too good at it.) Sampras's serves and Federer's passing shots were breathtaking. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this excellent DVD with outstanding tennis, good photography and the subdued and knowledgeable British comentators who are a welcome relief from their cacophonous American counterparts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Clash Of Generations December 14, 2007
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It was the first game Federer played in Wimbledon Central Court and What Debut!!! For Federe to win his idol, Sampras (our - at that momment 7 times Wimblendon winner) in 5 really well played 5 sets, the really prize was happy tears at the end. Unfortunatelly a real revenge - with both playing a first class tennis - have never ocurred.
If you are having problem to find time to stay 3:40 hours go directly to the last game of the last set. Federer's service returns to win the game showed what this teenager would be able to do in the future and I guarantee that you will find the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately the only Sampras vs Federer match July 9, 2012
By H. Ruiz
The only reason to rate this match a "Five Star" is because of idealism and pity for what would have been a great rivalry. Reality is, in this match: Federer played well -but not great-, and Sampras did not play good -but not bad-.

Back in 2001, the name of Roger Federer was already among those called to be the next generation of Champions, along with some that lived up to their expectations like Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marat Safin and some other guys who didn't get to shine as expected, such as Andreas Vinciguerra and Tommy Haas. There were already comparisons of Federer and Sampras, stating how the Swiss had a great serve and a huge forehand, with an "ok" backhand. Sampras on the other hand was -for lack of a better way to put it-, on his way out. People seem to forget that Sampras struggled for 5 sets in the second round to beat a guy ranked in the #100s-#200s called Barry Cowan -who by the way, nobody ever heard of ever again-. Prior the Federer match, Sampras also had a weird straight-sets victory against Sarjis Sargassian (spelling?), where he kept falling in the court and miss hitting shots everywhere. To me back then, it was clear that the 2001 Wimbledon Champion wasn't going to be Pete Sampras. To get an even better picture: after this loss, Pete also lost in five sets on grass... to Alex Corretja, in a Davis Cup tie. The tennis world had to realize that Pete's dominance at Wimbledon ended in 2000.

Had Sampras won this match against Federer, he probably would have been outsted by Tim Henman in the next round, who was playing great that year. Had he won that match, it would have been Goran Ivanisevic waiting for him in the semis, and had he made it to the finals, it would have been Pat Rafter his executioner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by vicki larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Federer arrive on the Wimbledon stage is great. What an awesome...
Seeing Federer arrive on the Wimbledon stage is great. What an awesome match between the 2 kings of Center Court.
Published 2 months ago by RD
5.0 out of 5 stars electrizante
Para los amantes del tenis esta es una joya de tenis de alta calidad y ver a 2 grandes leyendas de este deporte
Published 18 months ago by Mario Moreira Villalaz
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD
Wonderful DvD. Hours of matches to view. Multiple chapters to skip unwanted scenes . Shipping was fast and reliable. Will be ordering more Wimbledon Federer matches.
Published 19 months ago by Noah's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of the Fed!
This is required viewing for any die-hard tennis fan. You have the unique pleasure of witnessing here a cross-generational battle of sorts between the top-two grand slam champions. Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by M. C. Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look back at tennis history
The tennis here speaks for itself - two exquisite talents going for their shots - absolutely mind-blowing stuff. Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by Ann Ames
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD for tennis lovers!!!
The highest video and audio quality for one of the most exciting tennis matches of history, I'm so glad of having it home!!!
Published on January 19, 2009 by A. Useche
4.0 out of 5 stars A good match, but nadal fed better
A good match, but the 2007 and 2008 nadal federer finals had better quality tennis in them. Dont get me wrong, sampras was a great player but the tennis in here doesnt really show... Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by I want to play a game
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tennis -- but an outstanding moment in sports
I believe that any tennis fan that has not seen this 5-set nailbiter will very much enjoy watching the 'moment' when Sampras handed the keys to the castle to a young, immensely... Read more
Published on April 13, 2008 by Zachary Shrier
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