Ahead of Wimbledon 2019, Recalling Roger Federer vs Pete Sampras Clash From 2001 Championship When a Young Swiss Announced Himself to the World

Abhishek Yadav

Wimbledon 2019 begins from July 1 and it's that time of the year when tennis greats don pristine white short and shirt to compete in the most reputed and oldest grand slam in the sport. And in the run-up to this year's Wimbledon, we visit some of the most memorable moments from recent times at SW19. In this part, we go back to 2001, the year when Swiss great Roger Federer, then a 19-year-old boy on the circuit, caused arguably the greatest upset by beating American legend Pete Sampras in fourth round, Wimbledon 2001. Ahead of Wimbledon 2019, Here's a Throwback to 2011 Men's Singles Final Featuring Novak Djokovic And Rafael Nadal (Watch Video).

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It was the victory that propelled Federer into the limelight and was also the beginning of Federer's love affair with Wimbledon. However, talking about the match, a nervous Federer was up against the seven-time Wimbledon champion and four time defending champion Pete Sampras. Ahead of Wimbledon 2019, Here's a Throwback to 2013 Men's Singles Final Between Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic (Watch Video).

The five set match included glimpses of things to come on the Wimbledon court as Federer served and returned with elan on the All England Club against the "Pistol Pete".  The match also marked the beginning of end of Pete Sampras' domination on grass and the Center Court. Ahead of Wimbledon 2019, Here's a Throwback to John Isner vs Nicolas Mahut Classic From Wimbledon 2010 and the Longest Match Ever Played (Watch Video).

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Watch the Roger Federer vs Pete Sampras Match Highlights in the Video Below

The 2001 Wimbledon fourth round is also the only time when the legends Roger Federer and Pete Sampras played each other in a competitive match. The Swiss great beat the legendary American 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5. Though Federer did not win the 2001 Wimbledon, he would go on to lift a record eight Wimbledon titles at the All England Club and be termed the "King of Grass."