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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras-Courier Eye Win

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- The United States tennis "dream team" of Pate Sampras and Jim Courier are predicting victory over the Netherlands in their Davis Cup quarterfinal this weekend.


"It's going to be tough to beat us on any surface," Sampras, ranked No. 1 in the world, told a Tuesday news conference. "The Cup can be in the States for as long as we want it to be with the players we have."


Asked if playing with Sampras made this a "dream team," the former top-ranked Jim Courier, now 11th in the world rankings, said, "We're pretty real."


Sampras, who recently retained his Wimbledon singles crown, said he would be seeking revenge against Dutchman Jacco Eltingh during the quarterfinals from Friday to Sunday.


"I owe him two," Sampras said, referring to two previous defeats at the hands of the Dutchman.


Richey Reneberg and Jared Palmer, who look to be the weak link on the U.S. team, will face the world-champion doubles pair of Paul Haarhuis and Eltingh.


Big-serving Richard Krajicek, ranked 27th in the world in singles, and Jan Siemerink, ranked 90th, complete the Dutch team.


U.S. captain Tom Gullikson praised the court and conditions: "Hard courts suit all our players."


The draw for the singles matches will be held Thursday.