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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 15:40 GMT 16:40 UK
Sampras crashes out
Sampras lost in a five-set epic
Sampras lost in a five-set epic
G Bastl beat P Sampras 6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4

Seven-time champion Pete Sampras has been dramatically knocked out of this year's Wimbledon.

The American lost in an epic five-set match to Switzerland's George Bastl on Court Two, traditionally known as the graveyard of champions.

It looked as though Sampras was going to pull off a great comeback after being two sets down and then levelling at 2-2.

  Court Two losers
2002: Pete Sampras
2001: Lleyton Hewitt
1996: Andre Agassi
1991: Pat Cash
1983: Jimmy Connors
1973: Ilie Nastase
But the gutsy Bastl, who is ranked 145 in the world, did not let Sampras' fight-back deter him and he broke in the ninth game of the fifth set and held his serve for a memorable victory.

Sampras immediately dismissed talk of retirement.

He said: "I'm not going to give into the critics - I'll stop on my own terms.

"What I've done here and what I've done to the game is always going to stick no matter what happens in the next few years.

"But I still believe I have a major in me.

Bastl had failed to qualify for Wimbledon and only got in as a lucky loser after Felix Mantilla withdrew with an ankle injury.

Sixth seed Sampras had been a pale imitation of his former self this season and was carrying a rib injury into Wimbledon.

He looked decidedly out of sorts in the first two sets, losing 6-3 6-2.

Bastl punched the air in joy
Bastl punched the air in joy

But somehow he turned around his fortunes in the next two sets as the packed crowd throughly appreciated his fighting spirit.

But Bastl hung on in there and thoroughly deserved the biggest victory of his career - his first on grass.

Sampras looked shell-shocked and remained in his seat for a number of minutes before walking off court almost in tears.

BBC commentator John Lloyd said: "That is the worse grasscourt match I have seen Pete Sampras play.

"It is a staggering result, one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history."

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