MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Pete Sampras summoned all of the patience and experience gained from winning a record 13 Grand Slam tournaments to keep afloat his drive for a 14th.
Sampras wasted seven match points before finally putting away Nicolas Escude with an ace to win 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 Saturday in the third round of the Australian Open.
The eighth-seeded Sampras advanced to a round-of-16 showdown against No. 9 Marat Safin -- a rematch of the 2000 U.S. Open final, won in straight sets by the Russian. They are the only players left in the men's draw who have won a major title.
Safin advanced by beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
On the women's side, defending champion Jennifer Capriati shrugged off hip problems to reach the fourth round with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Eleni Daniilidou, a 19-year-old Greek who rose from No. 320 to No. 84 last year. The top-ranked Capriati lost her opening service game in each set.
Sampras led Escude 6-3 in the fourth-set tiebreaker before he double-faulted, allowing the Frenchman back into the match.
The 30-year-old American raced to a 4-0 lead in the deciding set before Escude won eight consecutive points to pull to 4-2. Sampras went ahead 5-2 when Escude dumped a forehand into the net.
With wife Bridgette Wilson cheering from the stands, Sampras got another three match points at 0-40, before Escude rallied to draw within 5-3.
Serving for the set, Sampras fired an ace to go 30-15 and got another two match points when Escude netted a backhand return. Sampras ended the 3-hour, 50-minute encounter with an ace.
"It was good tennis out there," Sampras said. "We had our chances. I let it slip away in the fourth. I got a bit tight there, but I rebounded very quickly.
"It doesn't get easier -- Marat Safin next."
Elsewhere, No. 7-seeded Tommy Haas had to come back from a 2-1 deficit in sets and a break down in the fourth to beat American veteran Todd Martin, a quarterfinalist here last year.
Haas won 6-7 (8), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, and next faces No. 11 Roger Federer of Switzerland. Federer beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Capriati dropped the first two games of her match against Daniilidou -- who was playing in just her third Grand Slam event -- before reeling off six consecutive games.
Capriati needed her left thigh strapped in the third game of the second set. She said the new tape was for "cosmetic" reasons because the strap supporting her injured hip was causing a rash.
Capriati lost the opening game of the third set, then again won six games in a row.
"In the third set, I don't think I let her play any more. I stepped it up and got real aggressive there," said Capriati, who conceded just six points in the last five games.
"This is good for me, to have this kind of match," she added. "I didn't think I was going to win the whole time, but I still felt confident even though I lost that second set."
Two Belgians beat the last two Australians in the draw.
No. 4 Kim Clijsters, last year's French Open runner-up, beat wild-card entry Cindy Watson 6-1, 6-2.
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