US Open 1995: Pete Sampras tops Andre Agassi to secure the title


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US Open 1995: Pete Sampras tops Andre Agassi to secure the title

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi were on the different level compared to other players back in 1995, staying at the top of the ATP rankings and playing for the big titles throughout the season. Andre claimed titles at the Australian Open, Miami and Montreal while Pete conquered Indian Wells and the US Open, edging the defending champion Agassi 6-4 6-3 4-6 7-5 on September 10 for his third US Open title in the last six editions. Andre was the slight favorite after entering the final with 26 wins in a row, his career-best streak that started after losing in the semi-final of Wimbledon, conquering Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and New Haven, edging Becker in the semi-final to set Sampras clash.

The match lasted two hours and 28 minutes and it was Sampras who made the difference with his serve and volleys, firing 59 unreturned serves and another 13 from his volley to keep the points on his racquet and have the advantage in the crucial moments.

Agassi couldn't solve the rival's first serve but he did enough on the second to create six break points, converting two but suffering three breaks from seven chances he gave to Pete and hitting the exit door in four sets.

Sampras lost just two sets en route to the title match and he did everything right against Agassi as well, staying in touch with a great rival in the longer rallies and outplaying him in the shortest points with those booming serves that Andre failed to control.

Pete had become only the fourth player with three titles at Wimbledon and US Open and the seventh who claimed both Majors in the same season, joining some great players on that list and continuing his quest towards the place among the immortals.

This was their 17th meeting (8-8) and Pete was the first who had troubles on serve after a double fault at 2-2, saving a break point with a service winner and stealing Agassi's serve at 5-4 following a backhand cross court winner after a 22-shot rally.

Sampras saved a break point at the start of the second set as well, this time with a forehand winner, and he broke Andre in game two after a terrible forehand error. Serving for the set at 5-3, Pete had to save a break point and he did that with another unreturned serve, hitting two more to open up a 6-4 6-3 lead.

Agassi couldn't find his range and he got broken again in the third game of the third set after a forehand winner from Sampras who made another giant step towards the title. Out of sudden, Andre pulled the break back in the very next game and he grabbed another one with a forehand winner at 5-4 to clinch the set and stay in contention.

He survived a challenging service game at the start of the fourth set and nothing could separate them before the 11th game when Agassi sprayed a forehand error to give his serve away, sending Pete 6-5 up who was now serving for the title.

Three service winners in that 12th game were enough for Sampras to seal the deal, crossing the finish line with an ace to start a huge celebration of his third US Open crown. ALSO READ: US Open 1990: Pete Sampras wins the title to rewrite history books