Today we will be talking about one of the great Rivalries in tennis that defined the 1990s as far as Men’s tennis is concerned. We are talking about Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi who are two of the best to play before the Big 3 came around. We will be looking at the Head to Head and do a Stats comparison. It will be a lot of fun and I am sure there are a lot of fans for both the players. They were both ranked World Number 1 in the 1990s as well.
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Pete Sampras was World Number 1 for a then record 286 weeks and Andre Agassi was World Number 1 for a very impressive 101 weeks and they both used to bring the best out of each other all the time. So, let’s look at the Head to Head and Stats Comparison of Pete Sampras vs Andre Agassi.
Head to Head
These 2 players played against each other a total of 34 times during their careers and every time they played against each other the World stopped everything and watched them battle it out. In Grand Slam events when it most counts Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi played against each other a total of 9 times and here Pete Sampras has the edge as he has won 6 out of the 9 matches between them in Grand Slam events. T the ATP World Tour Championships they played against each other a total of 6 times and here aa well Pete Sampras has the edge with 4 wins out of the 6 while Agassi has 2. Although in the ATP Masters Series it is 5 wins a piece between both of them as they played 10 times against each other there and finally at the ATP World/International Series they faced off 9 times with Pete Sampras having the slight edge with a 5-4 Head to Head Record in those events.
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Most memorable Encounters
The most memorable Encounters among these 34 had to be the Grand Slam matches that they had but we will choose only a few among these to highlight the class of both the players. The first Grand Slam match that they played against each other was the 1990 US Open Final where Pete Sampras won 6-4,6-3 and 6-2. The first win for Andre Agassi In a Grand Slam match against Pete Sampras came at the 1992 French Open Quarterfinals where he won 7-6,6-2 and 6-1. And one of the best matches that they had was the 1993 Wimbledon Quarterfinal where it was a 5 set thriller which Pete Sampras won 6-2,6-2,3-6,3-6 and 6-4 in over 4 hours of amazing tennis. Their last encounter was the 2002 US Open Final where Pete Sampras won the match in 4 sets 6-3,6-4,5-7 and 6-4.
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Now we will talk about their individual stats and compare them. Pete Sampras won 14 Grand Slam titles whereas Andre Agassi won 8 Grand Slam titles In his career. Over here Pete Sampras haa the edge as he held the all time record once but he never won the French Open in his career. Pete Sampras was World Number 1 for 286 weeks which is much more as compared to the 101 weeks that Andre Agassi was number 1. Pete Sampras won 20 our of their 34 matches that they played against each other. With all that being said the fans who got to see them live must feel so lucky and privileged that they saw two of the best in that era battle it out.
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