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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras Slammed In Swedish Upset

MUNICH -- Magnus Larsson ended the most successful week of his career with the richest prize in tennis, collecting $1.5 million for an upset victory over top-ranked Pete Sampras in the final of the Compaq Grand Slam Cup.


One week after helping Sweden capture the Davis Cup title, Larsson stunned the American 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Sunday to win the most lucrative tournament in the world.


"This is the best Christmas present I could get," Larsson said.


Larsson, 24, nearly equaled his entire career prize money of $1,690,317.


Sampras, who won the inaugural Grand Slam Cup in 1990, earned $750,000, plus a bonus of $ 500,000 for the two Grand Slam titles he won in 1994 -- the Australian Open and Wimbledon.


Larsson, who had never beaten Sampras in five previous matches, made the tournament by virtue of reaching the semifinals at the French Open, his best career finish at a Grand Slam event. He is ranked 19th in the world.


"He 's someone who is going to be a force next year," Sampras said. "His confidence is huge, he has a huge first serve and second serve and he backs it up with some big ground strokes."


Sampras could not match the raw power of Larsson, who hit 31 aces and 28 service winners on the fast carpet surface before 11,000 fans at the Olympic Hall.


After losing the first set tiebreaker, Sampras broke Larsson once in the second to level the score. The third was a repeat of the first.


Larsson broke Sampras twice in the final set to take a 4-0 lead. He went up 5-1, but wasted a match point and got broken in the eighth game, and Sampras cut the Swede's lead to 5-4. But Larsson held his serve to win in two hours, 37 minutes.


In reaching the final, Larsson upset three higher ranked players -- Davis Cup teammate Stefan Edberg, No. 2 in the world Andre Agassi, and Todd Martin in the semifinals Saturday.