Pete Sampras

Situation: 1996 U.S. Open quarterfinals Injury: Stomach flu What happened: Hoping for a quick match because of his illness, Sampras instead found himself in a five-set thriller, with the No. 1-ranked player getting shakier and looking more exhausted with each point. Then, in the fifth-set tiebreaker, Sampras threw up on the court and was given a delay of game violation. Despite all that, Sampras managed to go up, 8-7, in the tiebreaker after serving an ace, then won when Corretja double-faulted on the next point. Sampras went on to win the title.
Charles Krupa, Associated Press
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