Graf's "Golden Slam" arguably the greatest season in history

Pete Sampras led a quartet of American players who would all leave an indelible mark. But the third decade of the Open era was highlighted by a thoroughly dominating Steffi Graf, writes Joel Drucker.

Originally Published: October 16, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Key moments of the Open era: Part 3: New World Empire (1988-97)

1. America's greatest generation Just when it seemed there were no great American men to follow Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, four sensational prodigies emerged -- Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier and Pete Sampras. They'd each leave distinctive marks, fight hard with one another all over the world, build Hall of Fame careers and between them win 27 Grand Slam singles titles. Three of them would become No. 1 in the ...

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