When Pete Sampras confirmed his retirement at the 2003 U.S. Open, the phrase "we may never see his like again" was heard around the tennis world.
Fifteen months on, Roger Federer is lord and master of the men's game and the Sampras era is but a distant memory.
Federer's victory in Sunday's Masters Cup final was, as the Swiss said himself, "an unbelievable end to a fantastic season" and statistically Sampras has been left in the shade.
The 23-year-old from Oberwil won three of 2004's four Grand Slams, a feat last achieved by Sweden's Mats Wilander in 1988.
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