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November 18, 1994

Pete Sampras


Q. New day, new man, kind of all there all day seemed like.

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, compared to my first match here against Boris, today I was a completely different player. My body language was a lot better. I served a lot better. It was just a much better performance. Maybe just took me a match to get used to the courts; unfortunately that might cost me to be flying home tomorrow, but I hope Boris wins.

Q. It was suggested that you had a bit of stomach trouble this week, have you?

PETE SAMPRAS: A little bit.

Q. Is that under control?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, it is under control.

Q. It is not a recurrence of what you had last week in Antwerp?


Q. By the time we finalize stories, we will know who you're playing tomorrow. Can you say a little bit about Bruguera, if you play him?

PETE SAMPRAS: If I play Sergi, it is a pretty similar match to playing Andre. He doesn't have quite the power, but I need to get the ball to his backhand. I can't let him control the points with his heavy forehand. He has got a pretty underrated first serve. He serves pretty well. I need to come in. I have to use the court to my advantage; keep the ball low and try to control the center of the court. If he is controlling the center of the court and smacking forehands, I could be doing a lot of running. It's a very similar match to playing Andre, but Andre has got a bit more power on the shot.

Q. If you were Ivanisevic's coach and you could improve one aspect of his game, what would it be?

PETE SAMPRAS: I think Goran has all the shots. He has got all the capabilities of a good athlete; moves well; serves well. I think mentally he can be a little bit better; not get so upset at himself and try to look at the positives instead of the negatives and that would be a start. As far as his game, I think he does everything quite well. Just mentally he just has to maybe be a bit more mature.

Q. What were you able to read from Goran's body language today?

PETE SAMPRAS: I could tell from the first couple of games he wasn't serving like he normally does on the radar gun. He was serving 170 and it is usually 200. Once I got that first break, I could see he was steaming inside. I knew I kind of -- if I kept on top of him and not let up that I could break him down. And that is what happened. And I struggled a little bit to close it out, but I could just see that he was frustrated with the whole week. He was very drained after losing to Boris and to come back and play the next day and that is -- he just look a bit depleted and -- but I thought I maybe had a little bit to do with that because I had thought I played one of my better matches this fall.

Q. Did you feel some of the sharpness today that you had in the first half of the year?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, this match was pretty similar to the Wimbledon final. My return of serve was about as well as I could and served quite well. And through the first four, five months, I was on such a great rhythm and confidence was riding high really nothing stopping me except an injury, which unfortunately happened. And -- but I am getting that confidence back and -- but regardless if I don't qualify, I can look back at this year and be really happy with two majors and a lot of nice titles and scary thing is that it was a great year, but it could have been a lot better.

Q. Are you tired of talking about your health stomach problems?

PETE SAMPRAS: I am tired -- I might go to medical school after my career is over.

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