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Sunday, 9 September, 2001, 20:26 GMT 21:26 UK
Gamewatch: Hewitt v Sampras
All the action, game-by-game, as Lleyton Hewitt thrashes Pete Sampras in the US Open final to win his first Grand Slam.
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Third set: Hewitt 6-1 Sampras
A double fault hands Lleyton Hewitt his first match point. Digging deep into his reserves, Sampras forces deuce but soon concedes another match point. Hewitt wins the title with a majestic passing shot and falls to the floor in celebration. The match lasts just one hour, 54 minutes.
Playing with great confidence, Lleyton Hewitt resists Pete Sampras' desperate attempts to break his serve. The 20-year-old's speed around the court and crisp winners are too much for 30-year-old Sampras.
Sampras continues to struggle, especially on his backhand. A double fault hands Hewitt a break point and the Australian wins the game with a forehand crosscourt winner.
Again the American tries desperately to break his opponent but the variety and accuracy of Hewitt's passing shots is too good and the Australian edges closer to his first Grand Slam title.
Sampras, urged on by the American crowd, convincingly wins his own service game. It is the first game Sampras has won since the second game of the second set.
Sampras tries desperately to exert pressure upon Lleyton Hewitt's serve. The American forces his opponent to deuce but Hewitt wins the next two points to take the game.
Sampras appears to be playing without rhythm and his confidence is wilting in the face of Hewitt's blistering returns. The Australian immediately breaks his opponent.
Second set: Hewitt 6-1 Sampras
Hewitt successfully serves for the second set.
Hewitt forces three more break points, the last of which he wins. The Australian is playing with increasing confidence while Pete Sampras's game is riddled with errors.
Sampras fails to cause the sort of problems Hewitt is causing him and the Australian easily holds his serve.
Superb passing shots by Hewitt continue to pressurise Sampras' inconsistent serve and the game goes to deuce. Hewitt's dogged returns make it difficult for the American and he eventually wins a break point, which he converts. Sampras had failed to win three game points of his own.
Looking increasingly comfortable on his own serve, Hewitt wins his second consecutive service game to love.
In desperate need of a convincing service game after losing the first set, Sampras misses several simple volleys to concede another break point. The American responds with an ace and serves another blistering ace to win the game.
Hewitt opens the second set in confident fashion, winning his service game to love.
First set: Hewitt 7-6 Sampras
Hewitt breaks immediately in the tie-break and consolidates his position by winning the next two points. Sampras draws level at 3-3 when Hewitt double faults. Hewitt breaks back with a forehand passing shot to lead 5-3. The Australian eventually has two set points on his own serve and converts the first of them.
Hewitt 1-0 Sampras
Hewitt wins the game to love, taking the set to a tie-break.
Sampras wins with ease, Hewitt must now win on his own serve to take the set to a tie-break.
Serving to stay in the set, Hewitt wins the game with an ace, his first of the match.
Sampras wins another comfortable service game and is starting to settle into his serve and volley game. Hewitt has yet to find his range with his groundstrokes.
Hewitt wins his service game but still looks nervous and has yet to settle.
Sampras wins the most confident, assured service game of the final so far. The only previous love game came when Sampras broke Hewitt to level the set at 1-1.
Still serving erratically, Hewitt wins an error strewn game after successfully defending a break point.
Serving in windy conditions, a double fault at 30-30 by Sampras gives Hewitt another break point. The American, though, holds his nerve and wins the game.
A nervous looking Hewitt begins with a double fault but steadies himself and wins the game.
Settling into his rhythm, Sampras comfortably wins his second service game, thanks ostensibly to a series of crisp volleys from the net.
Hewitt fails to win a point on his first service game and Sampras immediately breaks back. Two double faults by Hewitt makes Sampras' task easier.
Sampras is immediately broken. Uncharacteristically, the American contests a marginal line call and Hewitt capitalises on the 30-year-old's temporary loss of composure to earn a break point. Sampras defends it but is eventually broken, the first game he has lost on his own serve since the second round.
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