US Great Pete Sampras Honors Roger Federer Before His Departure

Roger Federer will play in the Laver Cup in London on Friday before retiring . Pete Sampras played Federer in 2001 but lost his Wimbledon title to him .

Pete Sampras, the 14-time Grand Slam champion whose Wimbledon reign was cut short by Roger Federer in 2001, paid tribute to him in a social media video on Thursday.Federer, the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles and one of the best players in history, will play in the Laver Cup in London on Friday before retiring.I'll just start from the beginning, Sampras said in a video directed straight to Federer.When I first played you, you were 19 years old, an up-and-coming player, and people were talking about you.And we had a great match on Wimbledon's Centre Court.And you slashed me down, recalls Sampras, who had won the previous four Wimbledon titles to bring his total to seven.I remember walking off the court feeling like I had met my match.Sampras would win one more Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2002 before retiring.