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laurie
12-22-2007, 08:19 AM
I always find it does, the way how he constructed the point and how he finished it off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmvvqlyc84w

What do you think?

Rabbit
12-22-2007, 09:29 AM
It's probably no accident that a junior Sampras and even young professional Sampras was Lendl's hitting partner.

That said, I don't know that I agree. Sampras' main tactic was the serve and volley for the majority of his career. Lendl would bludgeon his opponents with his forehand. At the start of Lendl's career, he employed a slice backhand almost exclusively. He developed his topspin backhand, especially the down the line one, into a devastating weapon.

I find Lendl's game more of a sledgehammer and Sampras' more of a scalpel.

laurie
12-22-2007, 11:33 AM
I didn't mean their overall tactics over a period of time, just this rally in particular.

Rabbit
12-22-2007, 12:15 PM
Ahh! Then the answer is still no. :)

laurie
12-22-2007, 12:23 PM
Ahh! Then the answer is still no. :)

Oh well, anyone else?

msunderland71
12-22-2007, 12:49 PM
That last rally was a bit like Lendl as it was finished from the baseline. I can see some similaritites in the Sampras/Lendl forehands (I think their grips were the same) but Lendl would have probably not hit so many consecutive sharp angle cross-court backhands, rather going for a down the line backhand to finish the point.
BTW who won that match? If I recall Agassi had a pretty good 1999 year with 2 slams.

Polaris
12-22-2007, 12:58 PM
I always find it does, the way how he constructed the point and how he finished it off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmvvqlyc84w

What do you think?
No. It isn't a typical Sampras rally, but it didn't remind me of Lendl. All I thought about was that the running forehand was as beautiful as those three backhands were ugly. (I have an irrational dislike of Samp's bent-elbow one-handed topspin backhand.)