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Pete Sampras pays tribute to Roger Federer ahead of his retirement

the american Pete Samprasthe great dominant in men’s tennis up to that time Roger Federerpaid tribute to the Swiss giant on Thursday, the day before he ended his career in Making a cup.

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“I’m not sure how to start, so I’ll start at the beginning.” the first time we met, at Wimbledon,” Sampras said in a two-minute video posted on social media cycle of ATP.

“You were 19 years old, you were a promising player and people talked about you. We had a great battle on Center Court at Wimbledon and you beat me down”recalled Sampras the crash of 2001, when the American was chasing his fifth Wimbledon title in a row and eighth overall.

“I remember leaving the track feeling like I had found my rival” safe.

After that defeat, Sampras would still lift one more title grand slam, at the 2002 US Open, before retiring with a total of 14 major trophies.

Federer first won at Wimbledon in 2003 and succeeded Sampras and collected up to 20 major titles in his amazing career.

“I sat down to watch 20 years of brilliance, sacrifice and victory,” he said. “You won 20 “Majors”, you were number one for years, you dominated our sport… you basically did it all.” You are “a very special player” and “you will be missed in our game,” he said.

Sampras, 51, thus added to the many tributes and farewell messages Federer is receiving, who will hang up his racket at the age of 41 due to knee problems.

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The Swiss, one of the best tennis players in history, will have an emotional farewell on Friday, pairing off in a dual with his friend and eternal rival Rafael Nadal on Makes the Cup de London.

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