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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras Draws Towering Philippoussis

LONDON -- Titleholder Pete Sampras received a perilous draw for next week's Wimbledon on Tuesday with a possible second round match against the man who beat him in this year's Australian Open, towering Australian Mark Philippoussis.


Provided he beats fellow American Richey Reneberg in the opening round, the three times champion could face the 30th-ranked Australian teenager in round two, assuming Philippoussis gets by Argentine Javier Frana in his first test.


If Sampras, the top seed who missed last week's Queen's Club tournament through fatigue after reaching the French Open semifinals, survives his first two tests, he should reach the fourth round where he could face French 16th seed Cedric Pioline or Dutchman Richard Krajicek.


Then he would have a quarter-final against world No. 2 and seventh seed Thomas Muster of Austria or 1991 champion Michael Stich of Germany, the 10th seed.


Sampras' draw is loaded all the way, with Croatian fourth seed Goran Ivanisevic in the second quarter and due to open against German Bernd Karbacher on the way to what could be a third meeting with the top seed in as many years.


Stefan Edberg, the two times champion given 12th seeding in his last Wimbledon before he retires, has a tough opener against Frenchman Guy Forget and if he comes through that could again face American Michael Chang in the fourth round.


It was Chang, the sixth seed, who Edberg beat in Paris as he advanced to the quarter-finals, avenging his defeat by the American in the 1989 final.


With so many of the big serve-and-volley players in the top half of the draw, second seed Boris Becker's task in the lower half has become simple.


The German, three times the champion and in great form after his fourth Queen's Club title win Sunday, begins against Frenchman Jean-Philippe Fleurian, ranked 96th, and should be untroubled until he comes up against French 15th seed Arnaud Boetsch in the fourth round.


American Jim Courier and Swede Thomas Enqvist, seeded eighth and ninth, should battle for the right to play Becker in the quarter-finals.


French Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the fifth seed, begins against British hopeful Tim Henman, world-ranked 61st.


Third seed Andre Agassi, a surprise second-round loser at the French, starts his campaign against two qualifiers before reaching the foursth round, were he should clash with big American Todd Martin, the 13th seed.