"He's a pain to play", or words to that effect, was Sampras's post-match reaction.
Then he played Serena, beat her 6-1. Venus immediately after, beat her 6-2. Braasch wrote later:
- Both sisters are great tennis players and hit the ball extremely well. However, if you've been playing on the men's tour there are certain shots you can play that are going to put them in difficulty. Try and put a lot spin on the ball - I was hitting the ball with a degree of spin they don't face week-in, week-out.
Braasch, now perhaps on his 10th smoke, told the press that he was about to lose a lot of ranking points, and would be at #350 in a week. So if the Williams sisters wanted, they could play him again in a week.
They didn't take up that particular challenge.
Please, please don't be content with my mangled and abbreviated account of this encounter. Far funnier are Braasch's own words.
My kind of man. God I love tennis!
Postscript: Then there was the time when Karan Rastogi beat Maria Sharapova.