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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sampras Survives Brute Power Match

WIMBLEDON, England -- Pete Sampras survived a barrage of aces and beat Mark Philippoussis in straight sets Thursday to reach the third round at Wimbledon.


Despite 28 aces by the 1.94-meter Australian, the top-seeded Sampras won 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4 to avenge a straight-sets defeat to Philippoussis at the Australian Open in January.


Sampras had 15 aces of his own and was never extended to deuce on serve during the match, while breaking Philippoussis twice.


The Center Court match featured one of the most brutal displays of power tennis ever seen at Wimbledon.


Philippoussis fired first serves at an average speed of 197 kph, with one delivery timed at 210 kph. His second serves averaged 177 kph, including one at 202 kph.


But Sampras, whose own first serves averaged at 190 kph, held serve more easily throughout the match. And he put Philippoussis under pressure with low returns, forcing him to bend for volleys.


There were no breaks in the first set. In the first nine points of the tiebreaker, only one serve was returned over the net -- and it was long. At 5-4, Sampras made the first good return to force a forehand volley error, then took the tiebreaker on the next point with a forehand winner.


The first break of the match came in the ninth game of the second set when Sampras ripped a backhand pass down the line to go up 5-4. He served out the set in the next game.


In the third set, Sampras broke in the third game with a forehand pass that sent Philippoussis tumbling to the turf. Sampras served out the match in the 10th game at 15, ending with a cross-court backhand volley.


Fourth-seeded Goran Ivanisevic served 21 aces to overpower French qualifier Pierre Bouteyre, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, and reach the third round.


Marc Rosset, the 14th seed, had 24 aces in a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Andrei Olhovskiy, while Richard Krajicek beat Derrick Rostagno 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.


In women's play, No. 8 Lindsay Davenport became the fourth women's seed eliminated when she lost 6-3, 6-2 in the second round to Latvian doubles specialist Larisa Neiland.


Sixth-seeded Jana Novotna advanced to the third round with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Laurence Courtois, and No. 16 Martina Hingis won 6-1, 6-1 over British wild card Rachel Viollet.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)