2nd NE Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 24, 2008
Roger Federer defeated Pete Sampras, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), in an exhibition match Monday night [March 10, 2008 at Madison Square Garden].
“To play against a childhood hero in Madison Square Garden was a great honor for me,” Federer said.
Classy, as usual, but the question lingers: What besides a payday and a friendship with his hero did Federer have to gain by meeting Sampras on Sampras’s turf, in front of a raucous sellout crowd that included Federer’s good buddy, Tiger Woods? -- New York Times