Sweet Pete can relate to Fed's sour days

If Roger Federer has a kindred spirit, it's Pete Sampras. The Grand Slam king not only appreciates Federer's dedication to greatness, but also painfully shares his tribulations.

Originally Published: February 11, 2009
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Although as a player he conducted himself with exemplary single-mindedness, on a recent Sunday afternoon in his Los Angeles living room, Pete Sampras was multitasking no differently than any American with a big screen and a remote.

It was Super Bowl Sunday, and while the game was airing live, Sampras was shuttling back to a tape of the Australian Open final, which had aired in the middle of the previous night -- the match in which Roger Federer took on Rafael Nadal in hopes of tying ...

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