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December 8, 1993

Pete Sampras


Q. Pete, how was the golf?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, I played more golf the last couple of weeks than I have tennis, so it is getting better.

Q. Thomas hit some great returns in the first set, but did you feel that you slipped back into it fairly comfortably?

PETE SAMPRAS: Beginning Love-40 game, I got through it okay, but you know, he started getting on my serve a little bit better. I started mixing it up in the middle of the first and all the way through the rest of the match. I really felt like if I hit the one down the middle he really had no chance to get it back. I was a bit surprised how well I played today considering I only practiced two, three hours the last couple of weeks, so it is good to get through it.

Q. Improvement you made this year since previous year, your lowest level is quite high now?

PETE SAMPRAS: My lowest --I don't understand.

Q. You used to be a bit up and down this year. You have been quite consistent. Is that sort of the main improvement?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, that is -- the main improvement is my consistency and when I am not playing well, I seem to get through those matches and I feel like my new coach Tim Gullikson has really instilled me practicing much harder and instead of practicing three hours and not that intense, practice an hour and a half and really work hard and so I think that just carries over in my matches. And you know, the harder you work, the luckier you get. I really believe that. The year has just basically gotten better and better, the last couple of months. The No. 1 ranking was something I wanted to achieve. I got it in Antwerp, so you know, it is a year that you know, I will always remember.

Q. Pete, what would be your preparation going into the Australian Open and do you think you are a bit prepared win that event?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, decided to play Qatar which doesn't give me really time off. I am taking the week off before the Australian Open to train; get used to the court and last year I played a little bit too much. I played in Sidney, played five days in a row and I just got a bit tired at the end there losing to Stefan in the semis. I don't have too much time to recover. I have three weeks off and I go to Qatar, but the week off before the Australian, I feel hopefully will help me out in the long run, but it is definitely the first Slam of the year and that is my main goal right now.

Q. Thank you, Pete.

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