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Sunday, 28 April, 2002, 22:31 GMT 23:31 UK
Roddick triumphs over Sampras
Pete Sampras
Sampras had to play second fiddle to Roddick
(3) A Roddick bt (4) P Sampras (US) 7-6 (11-9) 6-3

Young pretender Andy Roddick beat veteran Pete Sampras in the final of the US Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston.

The 19-year-old retained his title and his unbeaten record in the tournament with a 7-6 (11-9) 6-3 victory.

"Obviously, it's so much fun to play against someone who was one of my heroes growing up," Roddick said.

"It's fun when you can come out and hit some balls."

I just played someone who is going to win a lot of Grand Slam tournaments
Pete Sampras

Sampras fought off four set points in the first set before he missed a volley charging in behind his serve at the fifth break point.

"I wasn't getting down in the first set because I was hitting my shots," Roddick said.

Roddick, who lost only one set in five matches in the tournament, has now won both matches he has played against Sampras.

Sampras slowed in the second set and Roddick broke him in the eighth game when he hit a forehand into the net.

Sampras remained upbeat despite the defeat, throwing his racket in mock anger in the sixth game of the second set when former President George Bush entered the stadium, holding up play briefly.

Andy Roddick
Roddick has never lost in Houston

"When I saw President Bush, I knew I was in trouble," Sampras joked.

"Andy really played a great first set. I had a couple of chances to squeak it out but Andy was great.

"I just played someone who is going to win a lot of Grand Slam tournaments," added the seven-time Wimbledon champion.

"I think the future of American tennis is bright."

The defeat extends the 30-year-old Sampras' wait for a title.

He has not won a tournament since collecting his seventh Wimbledon title in 2000.

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