Pete Sampras in action at Wimbledon. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1993 - Pete Sampras added a first Wimbledon title to his growing list of credits by winning the latest instalment of his American tennis civil war with Jim Courier. The top seed and world number one marked his country’s Fourth of July celebrations with a 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 success, giving him a second Grand Slam title to go with his US Open triumph in 1990. “This victory means just a little bit more,” Sampras said. Sampras, 21, again showed no sign of the shoulder problem which threatened his participation before the championships, his serve and volley game keeping Courier at bay in both first and second set tiebreaks.

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