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Sampras Powers Into US Open Semifinals - 2002-09-06


Pete Sampras proved why he's not ready to retire, advancing to the semi finals of the U.S. Open Tennis tournament in straight sets.

It was expected to be an intense battle of generations. Sampras, the veteran American champion, Andy Roddick the dynamic future of the game….. but that's not what happened. Under the floodlights, Sampras dominated the quarter final, his serving, returns and passing shots reminiscent of his greatest years. "I'm pumped up. There is no question," he said. "I kind of feed off the energy, playing at night here so everything combined I got off to a great start tonight, it kind of set the tone early."

Roddick was disappointed. "It's not fun to be home watching a tournament when you were in it. It's not a good feeling, its not like I enjoy… I am not going to bring out the popcorn and the soda and sit down and watch it," he said.

The Dutchman, Sjeng Schalken, is the player standing in Sampras's way of a second straight U.S. Open final appearance. Schalken defeated the tenacious Chilean, Fernando Gonzalez in a fifth set tie-breaker.

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