This Day In Sports History (July 3rd) — Pete Sampras

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It was on this day in 1994 that Pete Sampras won his second career Wimbledon title.  He would earn the silver gilt cup after defeating Goran Ivanišević, 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-0, in the final.

Sampras entered the tournament as the defending champion, having beaten Jim Courier in the 1993 finals.  He also entered the tournament with a No. 1 ranking, and he didn’t disappoint.  After cruising through the first four rounds and failing to lose a set against any of his unranked opponents, Sampras easily disposed of fellow American Michael Chang in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.  Sampras would be confronted with his toughest test in the semi-finals, as he dropped his first, and only, set of the tournament to sixth-ranked Todd Martin, en route to the four-set victory.

That win set up a date with the fourth-ranked Ivanišević in the finals, and after needing a tiebreaker to win the first two sets, Sampras wrapped things up by winning all six games of the final set, en route to his second Wimbledon title.

Sampras would go on to win a record total of seven Wimbledon championships , which has since been equaled by Roger Federer, who has won seven Wimbledon championships of his own.

Here is a look at the final set between Sampras and Ivanišević.

Notable Birthdays

Teemu Selanne, NHL – Born on July 3, 1970 (age 43) in Helsinki, Finland

Sebastian Vettel, Formula One – Born on July 3, 1987 (age 26) in Heppenheim, Germany

Moises Alou, MLB – Born on July 3, 1966 (age 47) in Atlanta, Georgia

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