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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aces Power Sampras to Victory Over Muster

MASON, Ohio -- Top-ranked Pete Sampras beat Thomas Muster of Austria 6-3, 6-4 at the $2.3 million ATP Championship to win his fifth title this year.


Sunday's victory was the 49th career ATP Tour win for Sampras and tied him with Boris Becker for most titles among active players.


"I'm very pleased I played so well this week,'' said Sampras, who hadn't played since winning Wimbledon a month ago. "I played great all week. I really didn't struggle at all. ... I really haven't played a bad match in a couple of months.''


Sampras' first serve was a 210-kilometer-per-hour ace, his fastest of the week. He broke Muster twice in the first set, bedeviling him with precise placement of cross-court volleys, and won set point with a 196-kilometer-per-hour ace.


Muster battled tenaciously in the second set but could not match Sampras shot for shot. Sampras matched his average for the first four matches, putting away Muster in 1 hour, 10 minutes.


Muster, the No. 5 seed and fourth-ranked player in the world, is now 1-8 against Sampras, his lone win coming at an indoor tournament in 1995. He has never beaten a No. 1-ranked player.


Sampras was the No. 1 seed in the ATP Championship, his first tournament since taking a month off following his win at Wimbledon.


Muster, a former clay-court specialist -- 40 of his 44 career titles were on clay -- has become a hard-court threat this year as he seeks to improve his ranking.


He has won twice, in Dubai and Key Biscayne, Florida, and reached the semifinals in the Australian Open, where he lost to Sampras, and at Indian Wells, California, where he lost to second-ranked Michael Chang.


Acura Classic. In Manhattan Beach, California, Monica Seles fought off a match point in the second set and capitalized on Lindsay Davenport's third-set collapse to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday for her first title this year.


Seles, ranked third in the world, improved to 17-1 lifetime in Manhattan Beach, where she was champion in 1990 and '91 -- the years she was No. 1 in the world.