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Sampras believes his Wimbledon record is safe

ESPN staff
July 23, 2013

Pete Sampras has said he thinks the record of seven Wimbledon titles he shares with Roger Federer is safe for the foreseeable future.

"I don't know if someone in the next 10 years will be able to win five or six Wimbledons," Sampras said. "Roger and myself, our game on grass was so ... dominant. I think Murray can win some more and Djokovic, but I don't think that dominant game is out there that's going to win it seven times. But I could be wrong."

Asked if he thought Federer could win at Wimbledon again, Sampras said he had doubts. After his second-round loss at Wimbledon this year, Federer switched to a larger-faced racket.

"I don't know where his head's at, whether he's going to stick with it," said Sampras, who switched to a similar racket after he retired. Sampras says it helped his backhand and made his serve more powerful.

"I wish I would have tried it, at least a little bit on the clay, when I was playing. It would have helped me a little bit."

This report was compiled using material from Associated Press

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