2001 US OPEN
LLEYTON HEWITT v PETE SAMPRAS
7-6, 6-1, 6-1
It was Lleyton Hewitt's first grand slam final appearance, and Pete Sampras' 17th.
Earlier in the tournament, Sampras had looked like the champion of previous years after beating Pat Rafter, Andre Agassi, and Marat Safin.
But the wins seemed to have taken a toll as if Sampras had been drained of his firepower.
Meanwhile the 20 year old Australian seemed totally fresh as he returned Sampras' serve and passed the net rushing Sampras with ease.
Sampras was beaten in similar fashion by Safin in the 2000 US OPEN final, which had many people wondering if Sampras had any titles left in him.
Hewitt showed his brilliant counterpunching style could take out the greats. His quickness around the court was superb and his calm execution of perfect passing shots when
Sampras, one of the best ever serve & volleyers, tried to dictate the play was impressive. Hewitt's win showed the next generation of players was here to take over, at least
until a certain Swiss player came of age.
* video quality is very good, but has very slight ghosting from VHS tape transfer.
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