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He's got game, but Sampras content with new life

His world-class mechanics propelled him to a record 14 Grand Slam titles and six straight years ranked No. 1. Today, Pete Sampras can still strut his stuff, but don't be fooled - retirement is that much better.

Updated: February 20, 2008, 1:00 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

It's hard to think it's a time warp when the subject at hand is merely 36 years old and announced his retirement in 2003. But in many ways, that was the case Monday night in San Jose, Calif., when Pete Sampras took the court at the SAP Open for an exhibition versus Tommy Haas.

In front of 8,812 fans who naturally greeted him with a standing ovation, Sampras tidily won 6-4, 6-2 in just under an hour, showcasing his array of signature shots -- the crackling forehand, the leaping ...

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