November 18, 1993
Q. Pete, have you read any good books recently?
PETE SAMPRAS: What does that mean, Richard?
Q. Do you know why I am asking? Courier was reading a book on court last night. Were you surprised? Amazed? Do you think that is an interesting way to play tennis match?
PETE SAMPRAS: Tough question to start off with. I am a bit surprised. I really don't know what to say about it. I really didn't know -- you know, maybe you should ask him, because obviously I have never seen him do that.
Q. Would you ever think of doing it?
PETE SAMPRAS: No. Never really thought about it.
Q. If you could read one book what would it be?
PETE SAMPRAS: Maybe a tennis instructional book. Maybe Tim Gullikson's TENNIS MAGAZINE, how to get your serve 50 mile an hour faster, but I don't think I will do that.
Q. Pete, you probably gather that apart from readings books, Jim wasn't exactly at peace with the world last night. Is there any underlying grievance the players have with tennis authorities that might help us understand why he is as he is?
PETE SAMPRAS: Well, I think it has been a pretty frustrating year for Jim. He came close to winning his third French against Sergi. He had some chances at Wimbledon against me. When you come so close to win a couple of Grand Slams, I can kind of relate after losing to Edberg in 91, it could be a bit frustrating. He is just a bit burnt out. He needs some time off; get his batteries charged up and get ready for Australia. That is his main concern right now. He will be fine. I mean, he has got a good head on his shoulders. He works hard. He will rebound okay.
Q. As far as you are aware, it is only a personal thing; it is not anything to do with displeasure with players and tennis authorities?
PETE SAMPRAS: What do you mean tennis authorities?
Q. Are all the top players okay with the ATP at the moment and happy with the ATP Tour?
PETE SAMPRAS: I am. I really haven't any problems with the ATP. I think they are doing a good job.
Q. Pete, the fact that you served 15 aces against Ivanisevic and only 9 today - only 9 that is pretty good number anyway - do you seal feel sort of a confrontation with Ivanisevic having to serve more aces than he does or is it a different question?
PETE SAMPRAS: Stefan stands a little bit further back on my return. He is able to, you know, get some serves back that I thought were aces, especially on the wide deuce serves and Ivanisevic, you know, I got on a good rhythm today. I served pretty well. I let Stefan back in the match. But there is nothing I can think of. Stefan stands a little bit further back it is tough to ace him one when someone is doing that.
Q. It is not a question of confrontation with Ivanisevic, who serves more aces?
PETE SAMPRAS: No, like I said, I am concerned about winning, not who hits the most aces.
Q. Pete, is a match like that stimulating to play as it was for us to watch?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah. It was fun. Stefan and I have always had good matches. We both play pretty similar. It comes down to a couple of points here and there. It is fun. He is a good competitor. He is obviously going to fight real hard 'till the last point. But it is, you know, it is fun when you play other top players; you really get pumped up for it. The crowd enjoys it. And everyone is happy.
Q. Especially when you are the winner?
PETE SAMPRAS: Most always.
Q. Thank you.
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