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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
By United Press International
Nadal pads lead as ATP No. 1-ranked player

Nadal pads lead as ATP No. 1-ranked player

LONDON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal collected title No. 62 and increased his hold on the ATP No. 1-ranking to 4,000 points.
Wawrinka tops Nadal, wins Australian Open championship

Wawrinka tops Nadal, wins Australian Open championship

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets Sunday in earning his first Grand Slam title in the men's final of the Australian Open.
Wawrinka looks for first win over Nadal -- in Australian Open final

Wawrinka looks for first win over Nadal -- in Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka has had a series of firsts recently but he needs a huge victory Sunday to grab the biggest first of his tennis career.
Nadal beats Federer, advances to Australian Open final

Nadal beats Federer, advances to Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in straight sets Friday and earned a spot in the Australian Open finals opposite Stanislas Wawrinka.
Nadal wins Qatar Open, notches 61st ATP title

Nadal wins Qatar Open, notches 61st ATP title

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils in three sets Saturday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, collecting his 61st ATP championship.
Nadal near Djokovic at top of ATP rankings

Nadal near Djokovic at top of ATP rankings

LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal pulled tantalizingly close to Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 spot in the world tennis rankings following his win at the U.S. Open.
Rafael Nadal bests Novak Djokovic to win second U.S. Open title

Rafael Nadal bests Novak Djokovic to win second U.S. Open title

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal captured his second U.S. Open and 13th career Grand Slam title Monday, besting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 12, 2013.
By United Press International
Despite losing final, Ferrer passes Nadal in tennis rankings

Despite losing final, Ferrer passes Nadal in tennis rankings

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- David Ferrer lost the French Open final to Rafael Nadal but still passes him to take the No. 4 spot in the men's world tennis rankings.
Historic eighth French Open title for Rafael Nadal

Historic eighth French Open title for Rafael Nadal

PARIS, June 9 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal topped fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets Sunday to win the French Open men's singles championship for the eighth time.
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams finish strong, top 2012 tennis

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams finish strong, top 2012 tennis

Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka capped years in which each won six tournaments, including a Grand Slam event, with world No. 1 tennis rankings.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International
Djokovic within sight of No. 1 ranking

Djokovic within sight of No. 1 ranking

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic narrowed the rankings point differential with Roger Federer to the point where he could retake the No. 1 position in men's tennis this week.
Federer's No. 1 run at 296 weeks

Federer's No. 1 run at 296 weeks

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Roger Federer has pushed his reign at the top of the world men's tennis rankings to a record 296 weeks as of Monday.
Federer, Murray take early U.S. Open wins

Federer, Murray take early U.S. Open wins

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer and No. 3 seed Andy Murray were among the first-round winners Monday on the rain-delayed opening day of the 2012 U.S. Open.
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Pete Sampras
Retired tennis great Pete Sampras returns a shot during an exhibition match with Tommy Haas the SAP Open tennis tournament at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on February 9, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Terry Schmitt)
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Pete Sampras (pronounced /ˈsæmprəs/; born August 12, 1971) is a retired American tennis player and former World No. 1. During his 15-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam men's singles titles. A record at the time, this number was eventually surpassed by Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2009. He had a 204–37 win-loss record over 52 Grand Slam singles tournament appearances. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

He debuted on the professional tour in 1988 and played his last top-level tournament in 2002 when he won the US Open, defeating longtime rival Andre Agassi in the final. He was the year-end World No. 1 for six consecutive years (1993–1998), a record for the open era and tied for third all-time. His seven Wimbledon singles championships is a record shared with William Renshaw. His five US Open singles titles is an open-era record shared with former World No. 1 player Jimmy Connors and former World No. 1 Roger Federer.

Pete Sampras was born in Washington, D.C., and is the third child of Sammy and Georgia Sampras. His mother immigrated from Sparta, Greece, while his father was born in the United States to a Greek immigrant father and a Jewish mother. Greek culture played a big role in his upbringing. Pete attended regular services of the Greek Orthodox Church on Sundays. From an early age, Sampras showed signs of outstanding athletic ability. At age 3 Sampras discovered a tennis racket in the basement of his home and spent hours hitting balls against the wall. In 1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, and the warmer climate there allowed seven-year-old Pete to play more tennis. From early on, his great idol was Rod Laver, and at 11 Sampras met and played with him. The Sampras family joined the Jack Kramer Club, and it was here that Sampras's talent became apparent. He was spotted by Peter Fischer, a pediatrician and tennis enthusiast, who coached Sampras until 1989. Fischer was responsible for converting Sampras's double-handed backhand to single-handed with the goal of being better prepared to win Wimbledon.

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