In their only showdown on the Tour, Roger Federer defeated Pete Sampras in the 2001 Wimbledon fourth round for his second consecutive Major quarter-final. Young gun Federer defeated the seven-time champion 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 in three hours and 41 minutes to make a name for himself and win all the headlines.
Competing at Wimbledon for the third time, the 1998 junior champion found his game to leave the legend and one of his idols behind, staying focused on the final stages of the decider to overcome the summit and secure one of the most emotional triumphs of his career.
. During his 22nd visit to Wimbledon this July, Federer recalled this great clash and the fact that the crowd was behind him, even though he faced an ultimate Wimbledon legend. Federer arrived in London after reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals, eager to show his best tennis and enduring all obstacles against the legendary rival.
It was the worst result for the American in his beloved tournament since 1991, winning 31 straight matches in the cathedral of tennis before this loss and suffering the first loss in five sets as well! Roger saved nine of the 11 break opportunities, produced his best tennis when it mattered most and took a big step forward after saving a set point in the first set tie break, which he described as one of the crucial moments of the meetings.
They landed a service winner by almost half of the points on the fast grass court, with Federer having the advantage in those dominant short exchanges. He took ten more points than Sampras in that segment and repelled two break point opportunities at 4-4 in the decider to stay alive.
Pete had to pay the price for those opportunities he missed, experiencing a breakup at 15 in Game 12 and allowing Federer to seal the deal with a return winner that propelled him to the quarters against Tim Henman.
Eller on the 2008 Wimbledon final
NHL star Lars Eller recently met Rafael Nadal during the 2021 Citi Open in Washington and gifted the Spaniard a Washington Capitals jersey with the Mallorcan’s name and No.
21 on the back. "It was great meeting him," Eller was quoted as saying by Washington City Paper. "We had a really good talk about both hockey and tennis. It was a tremendous experience to have had the chance to meet and talk to him for a bit."
Washington Capitals star Lars Eller also spoke about the 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, which many regard as the greatest tennis match of all time. “(The 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is) one of the best sports games of all time,” Eller said.