All the GOAT talk ultimately seems to hinge on imagining matchups between the great players, past and present. While it seems impossible to imagine Laver, Gonzalez or Budge playing with ProStaffs or PureDrives strung with Lux, it's pretty easy to imagine Federer and Sampras training for a month or two with Dunlop Forts strung with gut and taking the court against those guys. Both Federer and Sampras use variations of eastern grips on the forehand side, and while Fed would have to tone down his strokes to make consistent contact with a 65 inch string bed, he's certainly the easiest to imagine playing well with wood of all today's pros. So comparing eras may not be that tough. I think Federer could take Laver on grass using wood, both players in their prime. Their games would end up looking pretty similar: both hitting slice and topspin off both wings, crafty serves and fantastic movement. But even with wood Federer would have the edge in size, on serve and from the backcourt. The only clear advantage Laver would have would be at net, but Roger, I think, would volley much better when he realized he no longer had to face Lux-spun screaming passing shots. His net game has atrophied since his early twenties, but I think it would come back and improve. I'm not speaking in absolutes: I'm not looking for a fight, but it seems like it might be fun to discuss such a hypothetical matchup. I'm not saying that Roger would kick Rod's butt, is clearly better even with a junior racquet, etc. I've been watching old films of Laver and think he was awesome, and I can easily picture Roger playing a similar game with wood. So no flames please. How well would Roger play with wood after an adjustment period? Would Roger have the best forehand of all time with wood as well? How about Sampras? How well would his serve, so heavily spun, work with wood?