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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
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Federer sets record for weeks at No. 1

Federer sets record for weeks at No. 1

LONDON, July 16 (UPI) -- Roger Federer has become the all-time leader in weeks at No. 1 in the men's world tennis rankings.
Federer back on top in record fashion

Federer back on top in record fashion

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- Roger Federer's record 17th Grand Slam title captured at Wimbledon moved him back to No. 1, tying Pete Sampras for most weeks on top of the world rankings.
Federer bests Murray for Wimbledon title

Federer bests Murray for Wimbledon title

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- Swiss superstar Roger Federer rallied for his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title Sunday, outplaying Britain's Andy Murray in four sets.
Wimbledon win would put Federer at No. 1

Wimbledon win would put Federer at No. 1

LONDON, June 22 (UPI) -- Roger Federer has a chance to regain the world No. 1 ranking with a record-tying seventh title at Wimbledon, where the draws were announced Friday.
Djokovic dominant again at Australian Open

Djokovic dominant again at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, losing just two games, needed just more than an hour Saturday to post a third-round victory at the Australian Open.

Federer to face Safin

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Roger Federer continued his quest for a fourth Australian Open title Wednesday with a lopsided, three-set win over Evgeny Korolev.

Blake takes Sydney title in Aussie tuneup

SYDNEY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Third-seeded American James Blake beat unseeded Spaniard Carlos Moya to defend his title at the Medibank Sydney International.

Commentary: Tennis lessons from the French

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- What happened at French Open tennis tournament this weekend is a major example of why this country needs to pay more attention to the development and talents of

Top-seed Haas upset, Agassi wins

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Tommy Haas' return to the court was a brief one.

Agassi back in action

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- American Andre Agassi returns to action this week when the $375,000 Mercedes-Benz Cup opens the

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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)

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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