Better Looking Game.Federer or Sampras?

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  1. Thrasher

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    I've always found myself comparing these two players styles for some reason. While I'm a huge fan of Federer's style, I think Pete has better looking strokes than Federer. I've always liked Sampras's huge flat forehand when he runs down a crosscourt shot, and hits it back crosscourt for a winner. His strokes somehow to me like they have a certain magic to them. I also think Pete is a better volleyer, and also has a better serve. As far as effectiveness from the baseline I would definitely give that to Federer because of consistency. But as far as just strict style, I like Sampras's better.
     
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  2. anointedone

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    Sampras is retired. He is the past. Time to move on. Discuss your memories of him in the Former Pro Player section if need be.
     
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  3. zagor

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    Personally I prefer watching Sampras,I love his attacking game with perfect combination of power ant touch.I generally prefer flat hitters and Sampras had a beautiful flat cannon of a forehand which when he was on was very dangerous.His serve was also the perfect combination of pace,spin,disguise and placement and he was at the net a lot more than Federer and had a better forehand volley and overhead.It's not that I don't enjoy Federer who was along with Safin and Nalbandian my favourite up and coming player at the beginning of 2000's,it's just that I like Sampras game more.I feel privileged to have watched them both though.
     
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  4. Maestro Nalbandian

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    I have to say Federer has more style in his shots than Sampras. Sampras has a more effective S&V game but Federer's game looks more fluent. His body motion flow with his strokes nicely. His back hand is definitely the best looking 1HBH in the game. Sampras' shots have more function than form. Federer however has the best combination of function and form. IMO.
     
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  5. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Pete throttled people. Fed slices them apart(I don't mean using slice shots either). Different styles, similar results.
     
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  6. Morrissey

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    God, I don't like either player but Fed has the better looking game. But what does a good looking game mean anyway? Leconte, Pioline and Gasquet= 0 slams.
     
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  7. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Federer has the better looking game, but Pete has the better serving motion.
     
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  8. anointedone

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    Well in fairness Gasquet is still an active player with potentialy alot of years left, but I dont bet at all on that last stat changing.
     
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  9. wangs78

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    Wow that's a tough question. I'd call it dead even.

    Pete reminds me of a panther, powerful and smooth and he played close to the ground (almost in a crouch at times). He also looks more fluent at the net than Federer. But his points were often very short and boring - powerful serve, follow to the net, put the ball away.

    Fed reminds me of a surgeon. As somebody said, he just slices you up with precise ground strokes. There is something about his coolness (even when he's chasing down a putaway shot) that defies belief. He never looks like he's over-exerting himself. Everything always seems to be just right. And of course his footwork is impeccable. It's as if he took ballet lessons or something as a kid and decided to incorporate steps into his tennis. His movement is just so fluid.

    My favorite shot between the two of them though has to be Sampras' leaping overhead smash. That rocks.
     
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  10. TheNatural

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    Sampras has a better looking serve,movement to net, volley, smash, forehand. Fed has a better looking backhand and movement along the baseline.

    I was thinking the best looking game would be something like Sampras with Laver's backhand drive.
     
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  11. wangs78

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    Just to add one more thing. Fed's game is a little more interesting in my opinion because you never know when he's going to hit some belief-defying shot. He'll rally from the baseline a bit and suddenly hit an incredibly angled shot that seems to just clear the net and then drop inbounds with its topspin. Or he'll be drawn out wide and he'll somehow hit a shot down the line where the ball didn't even have to travel over the net because of how out wide Fed was.

    Pete's game was boring bc you knew what was coming, you just couldn't do anything about it. Thwack! Serve comes in, opponent can't handle, will block it back if lucky, but Pete is already at the net and "Boink" he puts it away and walks back to the service line with that same old boring look where he's looking at his strings.

    Granted that now that he's retired, it's actually nice to watch Sampras play bc his style is so different from today's baseliners.
     
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  12. boojay

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    Fed, hands down. Pete looks stiff compared to Roger. Mind you, everyone looks stiff when you compare his form to Roger's.
     
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  13. Thrasher

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    Wow Wangs another excellent post. You sure know your stuff. Great analysis.
     
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  14. TheNatural

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    on 2nd thoughts Sampras' cat like movement looks just as good as Feds butjust differet, Fed has a more poetic and ballet like movement, while Sampras moves like a panther on the prowl.
     
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  15. FiveO

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    I've enjoyed them both the most of the past 2 or 3 generations.

    My impressions are that they are both stunning to watch in there own ways.

    Sampras, motivated and sharp was simply an irresistable, unstoppable force. He was more ballistic than Fed appears and compared to Fed just a little quirky off the ground. Still long and flowing but his bent elbow bh and high elbow takeback on the fh is one off Fed.

    Fed on the other hand doesn't appear to overwhelm as much suffocate the opponent. He gives the impression and mind you it's only the impression that the opponent can play with him. As Agassi describes it, there's just no place to get to, where an opponent ever has the upper hand if at all, and if that, not for long. Nadal only holds a slight advantage with a stroke to stroke match-up Fed has difficulty working around and now, only on clay. An opponent gets to play, but not really. Aesthically there's nothing not to like.

    OTH Sampras at his best could literally prevent the opponent from playing at all.
     
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  16. theone

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    I prefer sampras because he was more about taking the game to someone and attacking.
     
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  17. tHotGates

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    I prefer the symphonic power game of Pete Sampras.
     
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    Yep, I am going to hold serve every time and get a break or win the TB...
     
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    Exactly right. I don't understand why everyone just clings to Sampras having something better than Federer, even though Federer is almost perfect in every aspect of the game.

    I am from America and I absolutely love Sampras... but come on... just watch Roger... his technique is perfect. Sampras looked so stiff compared to him. He never got that low for his backhand, his shoulders never looked relaxed in his shots... etc.

    Federer is just better...
     
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  20. RoddickistheMan

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    Other than the serve, Feds strokes look prettier however Sampras's strokes just get the job done.
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  21. TheNatural

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    Sampras looks almost perfect on everything except his topspin backhand.

    Checkout this slam dunk smash. Nothing Roger does can look better than that. The video quality is bad, but check the first smash in this clip. What style. I wish Federer would do something like that sometimes.
     
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    Your wish is granted: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fEOu69x4cCM
    (3:40 Federer does a slam dunk smash against Capdeville)

    Federer is a fluid and Sampras is a solid, but in the end they both kill.
     
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  23. M J

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    I can't believe this is even a question. Sure Sampras is athletic, but I always thought his game, especially on his groundstrokes, is one of the ugliest around, while no one looks better than Federer.
     
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  24. Thrasher

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    Wow, ugliest strokes around. I don't think anyone would agree with that. While Federer has sweet looking strokes, Sampras has always had the most unique looking strokes to me, and very hard to mimic. Also a great service motion. While Federer's service motion is very strange looking IMO. Seems like it would be hard to get any power on the serve. While both are the two best players ever IMO, I prefer Sampras's style. To me it is very efficient and effortless.
     
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  25. Tennis_Bum

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    I like the sound effects. Funny descriptions but pretty accurate.
     
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  26. Tennis_Bum

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    Fed does move like a dancer. I don't recall anyone moves like him, past or present players.
     
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  27. iamke55

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    Sampras's forehand and backhand rival Nadal's in terms of ugliness, but his serve is definitely cooler to watch than Federer's

    Running forehand too maybe.
     
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  28. Tempest344

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    Federer's strokes are nicer looking than Pete's but then so are most
    of the current Pro's on Tour compared to 10-20 years ago

    Pete's serve though still takes the Cake as does his slam dunk smash
     
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  29. rommil

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    Aesthetic wise, Federer's strokes including his body movement are far better looking AND also less taxing to the body. Plus Pete's posture is not the best one around. Also the way Federer moves is a lot more beautiful than Pete's. Sampras can look like he is stomping the ground while Federer glides. Pete's also looked like he exerted more into the shot. Putting results aside, Federer by a very wide margin has a better looking game than Sampras.
    Sidenote: Sampras' excessive sweating looked gross
     
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  30. helloworld

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    Sampras groundstrokes are ugly, but they sure are deadly! As for the serve, the Sampras serve is the most beautiful shot in the game.
     
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