Unlikely union of Federer-Sampras

Originally Published: June 29, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- On his way to victory last month in Paris, Roger Federer regularly received best wishes from one of his biggest fans back in California.

"He was writing me, always [texting] during the French and congratulating me," Federer said. "He is a class act."

Those texts, oddly enough, were from Pete Sampras, whose Grand Slam record Federer was in the process of equaling. Yes, from Sampras, the former player whose sparkling résumé is missing only ...

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