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November 19, 1993

Pete Sampras


Q. Was that match any different because you knew you didn't have to win it to go to the semi?

PETE SAMPRAS: Well, we are both a bit looser, especially Sergi, when he got on a roll in that second set. He played some great tennis. It is not a meaningless match. It is a match where you pick up a little extra money and some ATP points. A match I definitely would like to have won, and it is good to play baseliner. Last two days I played some big and serve and volleyers. I am playing Andre tomorrow; hopefully play some baseline rallies. It is good for me.

Q. How do you look upon your semifinal match against Medvedev?

PETE SAMPRAS: I have played him twice before and very close matches. He is obviously playing well, and he has got a great backhand down the line, serves well, and he has got -- he is coming in pretty confident. He has come back in two tough matches against Jim and Michael, so he is feeling pretty good. But if I play like I did in the first and third set, I like my chances.

Q. I know you don't want to look so far, but I need a statement from you about Michael Stich. What do you think about his improvement the last two years?

PETE SAMPRAS: He is -- definitely, this year he has had a great year. I don't know how many titles he has won, but he performed pretty well in every Grand Slam and he is 3 in the world; possibly 2 in the world, if he does well here and that is a great year. He has got a good hard court game and competes hard and he is a player that could stay in the top five for as long as he wants too.

Q. When Goran Ivanisevic was serving so many aces, did it make you suddenly worry slightly for your own game?

PETE SAMPRAS: No. I didn't see the match with Goran and I heard about it, but the court didn't -- Paris was pretty quick and I could see him hitting a lot of aces but I wasn't too concerned about it.

Q. You don't think it is-- the fans are beginning to turn against that type of tennis?

PETE SAMPRAS: Goran, when he gets on a good streak like that, he his -- his serve is unstoppable and he just got in a good roll there, I am sure, but I am not too worried about it. I mean, I think the fans seem like they are enjoying our tennis.

Q. Pete, you have been maybe asked before many times. Are you satisfied with the way things are going with the ATP Tour, Grand Slams and all the business?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I have no complaints about this year.

Q. Not at all?


Q. Pete, how would you describe your mood this week, in general, do you feel very calm, relaxed or--

PETE SAMPRAS: I feel great. Playing pretty well, and you know, regardless of what happens tomorrow and the rest of the tournament, my year has obviously been -- it has been great, but this week is important. I definitely would like to end my year on a positive note winning here in Frankfurt. Seems like the year is getting better and better and hopefully this week I can win it.

Q. Why is it important aside from ending this year on a good note?

PETE SAMPRAS: It is the last major event of the year and if you beat these guys, these guys back-to-back, five days in a row, for me, if I do well this weekend is, you know, pretty good effort. The level of tennis is pretty good and each match you have to come back and you are playing someone in the top eight in the world and that is a good effort for a guy to win here.

Q. Were you looking forward to play Sergi in the surface that suits you better after losing with him twice on clay?

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I feel one level he is above me on the clay. He just seems to have a bit more consistency from the backcourt. You know, obviously the court here helps me out, but he still plays very well. He got on a roll in the second set and, his serve, even though it doesn't look like a huge serve, it is a serve that sets up the point real nice for him. Obviously it helps out my chances when I play him on a quick court like this.

Q. Were you thinking about that, like, "this is my court and I am going to beat him?"

PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I was thinking, I am the favorite, where, I think, on the clay, he is the favorite.

Q. Thank you.

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