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Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras: The Changing of the Guard

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Coming into the 2001 Championships, Pete Sampras was a seven times Wimbledon champion. He had dominated the Centre Court for almost a decade and his powerful, athletic tennis had lifted the sport into new realms.

The twenty nine year old American was no longer at the peak of his game though, ranked six, he was still the favorite to win an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon title. But, in the round of sixteen, he met a nineteen year old Swiss who had ambitions of his own.

Roger Federer was a Junior Wimbledon champion. His two subsequent main draw performances had ended in first round defeat. On 2nd July 2001, the fourth round match was not only Federer's Centre Court debut, but it was his first meeting with Sampras who had been beaten only once before on the most famous tennis court in the world.

The match was a five set epic lasting three hours and forty one minutes. Federer was the eventual victor 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5. The upset ended Sampras's thirty one match winning streak at Wimbledon. Federer went on to lose in the next round to Britain's Tim Henman but two years later he would win the first of his Wimbledon crowns.

The program features exclusive contributions from both Pete Sampras and Roger Federer as they recall a match that would prove to be one of the most significant in recent tennis history. Sampras acknowledges his opponent's incredible talent and admits that Federer's success was a sign of things to come. There are also contributions from Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova.

The Changing of the Guard is an enthralling account of an historical encounter featuring arguably two of the greatest champions of them all.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Roger Federer, Pete Sampras
  • Directors: All England Lawn & Tennis Association
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kultur White Star
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V02CUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Okay I will say that if you are not a fan of fast, aggressive, serve and volley tennis this match can be a bit boring but anyway this is the beginning of Federer era and the end of Sampras. Being a fan of both players I couldn't let this one go. Federer stubbornness of playing the adversaries best shots is one of his greatest qualities and weakness. At the same time if he succeeds it breaks the opponents mindset, being unable to beat Federer with your best, imagine without it, but if it goes wrong, many times he keeps trying like banging his head through a wall until something breaks.

Sampras is just himself, playing his last days of amazing precision and discipline.

Together with Hannover Atp Finals between Becker and Sampras this is the last great titans serve and volley clash.
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I was expecting the entire tennis match, but the DVD only showed highlights and was ledd an hour. It was a gift for my husband... Perhaps in your ads, include the DVD runnng time. That would help us buyers know what we're getting. Thanks...
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I felt short-changed. Because it is not the complete match.Roger Federer vs. Pete Sampras: The Changing of the Guard
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A classic match, in terms not just of its historical interest but also of the standard of play.

But it went the distance, and there is only one DVD. The result is a 'highlights' show, not the entire thing.

The commentators are David Mercer and Peter Fleming, and the sound and picture are both excellent.
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