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Pete Sampras big winner at Staples Center


Pete Sampras outlasted longtime rival Andre Agassi, 8-6, to win the HSBC Tennis Cup at Staples Center on Friday night. The HSBC Cup is part of the new Champions Series, a 12-event tennis circuit that offers the top three point earners a chance to split a $1 million bonus pool.

Sampras is the leader by 1,000 points over Michael Chang with four events remaining.

Friday night, Sampras advanced to the final with a 7-6 (3) semifinal victory over Jim Courier. Agassi opened the evening’s action with a 6-3 semifinal win over John McEnroe.

Agassi’s win coupled with Courier’s loss moved both players into a tie for third place in the standings. Chang, Courier and Agassi are separated by only 100 points.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Pete Sampras in a previous exhibition match this fall. Credit:Dieo Azubel / EPA

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