Agassi vs. Sampras (again) As mentioned earlier, Sampras gets a slight nod over Agassi. The fact of the matter is that in finals against each other, Sampras held a 9-7 edge. In total tournaments won, Sampras leads by 64-59. In Majors, Sampras wins 14-8. They have both won 7 of the the other three not including Wimbledon. Wimbledon--this is why Sampras gets the nod--and the ONLY reason. -Agassi has won MORE Masters' series events than Sampras. -Agassi has won all four majors (Sampras got to one measly semi-final in 12 French Open tries. After splitting the first two sets against Kafelnikov, Sampras won ONE game in the next two sets. He did not have the endurance and stamina of the elite clay court players) -Agassi won Olympic Gold -Agassi has been in 35 Quarterfinal or better appearance in slams--more than Sampras. -Agassi was much better in the Australian (4 titles) and the French (1 title, 2 finals, 2 semis, 3 quarters) than Sampras -Agassi has won more total grand slam singles match victories than Sampras -Agassi has a better Davis Cup record. -Agassi has sustained a level of excellence from age 30-35 that is unmatched in tennis history. Connors is close, but Connors did not face the athleticism, the number of excellent players, nor the type of power that Agassi faces today. ****this is key and some people dismiss it. In '95, when Agassi was clearly the best player that year, the best player of the summer circuit--Agassi had to play a "prime"Boris Becker in the Open semis on Saturday evening. He won in a very tight 4 sets (the best match of the tournament) and got off the court at almost 10:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Sampras had already beaten a declining Courier by 1:30 in the afternoon. No only did he play an inferior opponent to Becker, but he got over 8 hours additional rest by the time they came back at 4 the next day. In '02 Open final, Agassi has to play Hewitt for the late match AGAIN!! Brilliantly, he beats Hewitt (ranked number one). Meanwhile, Pete was off the court HOURS earlier after beating a clearly inferior Schalken. AGAIN, Sampras gets the break and is fresher to the final. There is no doubt in my mind that Agassi wins both of those finals if he was better rested and a bit more fortunate. In the end, Sampras has to get the nod for his 14 majors--BUT...when looking at the whole picture and taking everything into account--it's a very slight nod. Andre belongs in the top 5 of all time, right behind Sampras. If somehow he can win another major or two (unlikely), he could go down as better than Sampras. Pete was done after just turning 31. Look what Agassi is doing at just about 35--amazing!!!