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Tennis: Snap up bargain offer on Sampras.

Byline: Adrian Humphries

SPORTING are taking few chances about Pete Sampras easily beating Sjeng Schalken in New York tonight, and Cantor, who rate the outsider highest of the four firms, may have left themselves open to supremacy buyers of the favourite.

True, Schalken is solid on his serve and is difficult to break for the majority of opponents, but he is up against the greatest player of all time tonight and Sampras, who gets himself up for Flushing Meadows like no other event these days, is fully expected to win most of the ground rallies against the methodical Dutchman.

Sporting have also issued the lowest total games quote, but getting short at 39 with Cantor may carry a little more risk, especially if Pistol Pete puts in less than 100 per cent effort, which was the case in his early outings against Kristian Pless and Albert Portas.

However, getting long at 3.5 means a profit for Sampras buyers even if he manages only one break in each set.

If Schalken does take a set or two off Sampras (a scenario which is not anticipated), it is likely they will come via tiebreaks.

Third seed Tommy Haas won one set against Sampras on a tiebreak (Sampras won the other three by a margin of two games) and Andy Roddick didn't even get close to taking a set off the four-time champ.

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Buy P Sampras supremacy

5pts at 3.5 (Cantor)

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Sjeng Schalken may struggle to take a set off Pete Sampras in today's US Open semi-final
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2002
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