brief sampras videos - amazing shots...

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  1. newbie123

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  2. splink779

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    Looks like a great site and those videos would be awesome if they weren't in such bad quality. It's too bad for me.
     
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  3. sarpmas

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    Thanks newbie123!! Those who thought Sampras is weak from the baseline should take a look at some of these precious clips. His running fh is really davastating. And those jumping smashes - unbelievable!
     
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  4. arosen

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    Although I am one of those people who believe that Sampras's baseline game is a joke compared to Federer's or Safin's, I am awestruck every time I watch a video of Pete's slamdunk overheads. Anyone who tried hitting an overhead in full flight knows how tricky that shot can be. Sampras made it look easy. Its too bad Pete had to retire.
     
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  5. tetsuo10

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    I wouldn't say it's a joke. Pete has enough baseline game to hang with people like Agassi until he can get to the net. If you want to put it that way, then Fed and Safin's net game is a joke compared to Pete's.
     
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  6. antontd

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    Pete's baseline game is definitely NOT a joke compared to anyone. If he did not S&V he would still have had many slams(may be even RG). May I ask how good baseline game would Federer have if he had Sampras' serve?
     
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  7. Kevin Patrick

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    arosen,
    would you say sampras' baseline game is a joke compared to Courier, Agassi, Chang, or Muster? He regularly beat them from the baseline from 1990 to 1997. I know many on these boards are young or new to the game, but I don't understand why many can't comprehend how often aplayer changes styles when they play for 10 plus years.
    also, Sampras won the US Open when he was 19 & his last when he was 31.
    If Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, Nalbandian, or Coria are contending for slams at that age(which is extremely unlikely, look at the average age for top 10 players for the last, say 20 years or so, its about 23-26)I wonder how differently they would play compared to today.
     
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  8. BiGGieStuFF

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    I think sampras baseline game was awesome. I mean his forehand was unbelievable especially on the run. His backhand was obviously his weaker side but not as weak as some would think. Most of his errors would come off of that but man he would still hit a lot of winners with it too. People would attack his backhand because who wants to go up against a running sampras forehand? Similar to sampras those forehands would take them from a defensive position immediately to an offensive one.
     
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  9. JohnThomas1

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    Petes baseline game was perfectly functional for what HE wanted to do. He didn't want to rally all day (Too tiring for an attacker) so would pound away at his forehand anytime he had the chance. In a baseline rally if he was put on the run off the forehand he would very often go for a clean winner. His backhand would keep him in rally's and some days even be a weapon. If given a short ball he would often go for a winner off the forehand while approaching. He could be a bit erratic from the back at times but he knew exactly what he wanted to achieve. Have a look at the masterly baseline tactics in his last ever match, he KNEW he didn't have the stamina to rally much and played accordingly. Newcombe (I had aussie commentry)picked it out a mile away.
     
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