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Pete Sampras: Wimbledon legend

Published 1052 GMT (1852 HKT) July 6, 2012
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Pete Sampras, left, celebrated his sixth Wimbledon success in 1999 after beating Andre Agassi in the final. Getty Images
Sampras' powerful serve and volley game earned him seven titles in eight years at the grass-court grand slam. Getty Images
However, he struggled in his early years there. After two first-round exits, a youthful Sampras lost to fellow American Derrick Rostagno in round two in 1991. Getty Images
Sampras won his first Wimbledon trophy in 1993, and is pictured here with Britain's last male winner Fred Perry, who collected his third title at SW19 in 1936. Getty Images
Sampras, here employing his trademark jump smash, matched the alltime Wimbledon record for men's titles held by William Renshaw -- who won seven in the 1880s. Getty Images
Sampras finished his career on a high, winning his 14th and final grand slam on home soil at the 2002 U.S. Open after beating Agassi in the final. Getty Images
Sampras is still enjoying his tennis and was all smiles in a 2011 exhibition match in New York against old rival Agassi. Getty Images
The year before, Sampras played an exhibition with Roger Federer, who has a record 16 grand slams but is still one short of the American's Wimbledon tally. Getty Images
Sampras with actress wife Bridgette, who he married in 2000, and the younger of their two sons, Ryan. Getty Images