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Becker v Sampras, 1996 final - Madrid Masters Classics (video)

Steven Webb in ATP Tour 19 May 2013

In the days when the event was staged on indoor hard courts in Stuttgart, two of the greatest fast court players of their era faced off in the 1996 final. 

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Boris Becker was recovering from a serious wrist injury when he took on world number one Pete Sampras in front of a boisterous home crowd. The German recovered from the loss of the first and third sets to set up a tense decider that brought out the best in both men, with exquisite volleys, tense baseline exchanges and clutch serving the order of the day. 

Becker established an early break in the fifth set and held on for a famous victory that delighted the local fans and confirmed that the 29-year-old veteran was still a major force in the game.


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Becker v Sampras, 1996 final - Madrid Masters Classics (video)

Boris Becker got the better of Pete Sampras in an enthralling battle on indoor hard courts. 

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