Sampras tips Federer victory at French Open

23rd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23, 2007 (AFP) - Pete Sampras on Wednesday tipped world number one Roger Federer to win the French Open after his breakthrough victory over arch-rival Rafael Nadal on clay.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23, 2007 (AFP) -  Pete Sampras on Wednesday tipped world number one Roger Federer to win the French Open after his breakthrough victory over arch-rival Rafael Nadal on clay.

"I think Roger has a good shot to win the whole thing, there is no reason why he can't," Sampras said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles.

"He just proved that he can beat Nadal on clay, he just beat him the other day."

Federer ended the Spaniard's record-breaking 81-match winning streak on clay by beating him 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 last Sunday at the Hamburg Masters, boosting his confidence ahead of Roland Garros which starts on Sunday.

If he wins in Paris, Federer will become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.

"Nadal has had a great run and probably just ran into a wall at Hamburg," said Sampras.

While Nadal is seen as Federer's main threat, Sampras pointed out that there were others to watch, and named Russia's Nikolay Davydenko as among the "dangerous players."

Sampras, who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles, returned to competitive tennis this month for the first time since retiring in 2002 in the over-30s Champions Cup.

Both Sampras and Federer will play an exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur in November during the inaugural Malaysian open.


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