Andre Agassi out-hit the unseeded and unheralded Andre Ilie, of Australia, 6-4, 6-2 in a baseline battle in the second semi-final on Saturday night, and the two Americans were due to meet in the final late last night.
Sampras said, "I cherish every year being No 1. It's different than winning a Grand Slam, more like a career achievement. It's being able to deal with the pressures of the game, not just a month at a time but years. Week in and week out, you're the man to beat."
In the women's Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, also in California, Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport were due to contest the final late last night. Williams beat the South African Amanda Coetzer 6-1, 6-4 in her semi, while Davenport, the world No 1, cruised to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Amy Frazier.
Yesterday, Albert Costa retained the Generali Open title in Kitzbuhel, Austria, by beating his fellow Spaniard Fernando Vicente, 7-5, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6.Reuse content