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New tennis Hall of Famers share more than you think

Pete Sampras was graceful and powerful. He was committed to excellence. By contrast, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the quintessential fighter -- the little engine that could. On Saturday, they'll have one commonality: induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Updated: July 12, 2007, 8:46 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

On the surface, this week's International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees from the recent player category, Pete Sampras and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, appear to have little in common beyond their year of birth, 1971.

From his teens, Sampras was touted, his lanky body and fluid strokes drawing raves and expectations. As his lifelong rival, former doubles partner and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Courier said, "Pete was always dangerous, always loose, always knowing that even in the juniors he was ...

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