Wonderful translation of a very insightful Bruguera interview from usenet, pretty much sums up all the recent "style wars" debates and Sampras-Fed can an old dog still play good in isolated instances type stuff: Old but good interview from August 17, 2007 http://www.elperiodico.com/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=46&idioma=CAS&... Q: If you had the injury that Nadal has, would you have withdrawn already? A: No, I would not have withdrawn. Neither I, nor Rafah, nor anyone else, can be sure of that. All tennis players have played injured. I played my whole life with tendinitis of the knees. Even now, when I go to a movie or fly I sit in an aisle seat because I can't sit for more than 10 minutes with my knees bent. And I played my whole life with that. And I won two Roland Garros titles with that. Still, one less than Rafa. Q: That means you don't believe that he has the injury. A: I wish I had the injury that Nadal has! Rafa is #2 in the world, The World! He plays a form of tennis that is brutal, incredible and wonderful; he has beaten Federer several times, won 3 Roland Garros titles in a row, and it was a miracle that he didn't win Wimbledon. Everything gets blown up there, from a cold to an injury to the foot. He has a special team around him (trainer, doctor, physical coach, physiotherapist) who will make it not be a problem. One can not be the number two being injured, that is what I say. Q: Why did you quit? A: Because I no longer had the mental strength. I was exhausted. I was worn out. Suddenly I realized that I had lost my capacity for sacrifice, pain and endurance. I lost the desire, the hope and everything from getting up to training was like climbing a mountain. It was easy to see that this was a clear signal, crystal, that I should quit. Q: Does the top wear you down? A: I don't want to sound pedantic but you have to reach a stage, only those who reach the top know what it is like, the pressure, the tension, knowing that the goal of a lot of youngsters is to beat you, well, to overtake you in the ranking. Players who reach the top want to stay there but there are a 100 chasing your spot. Q: After you left, no such tension or pressure? A: The very next day. It was overnight. When you compete, you live in tension all the time. You worry about everything and everything revolves around the sport, the training, the next match. Everything. So even when you don't play, you live in tension. And suddenly, Bam! Nothing worries you, nothing concerns you. Your knee hurts, well, it is going to hurt. I have fever, doesn't matter. I ate bad food, it doesn't matter. That is how it is with everything. To compete is to suffer in many ways, so many ways. I don't pretend that people understand. That is how it is. We live with that. Q: What do you think of tennis today? Do you watch any matches? Do you find it attractive or boring? A: I won't lie: I prefer watching McEnroe-Borg to Federer-Davydenko now. 90% of the players play the same today. How? It is shots to see who is tougher. No tactics, no change of rhythm, nothing left. There is no inspiration. Q: A disaster? A: Boredom. Everywhere you see the same game. Nowadays with your hands, your talent you can't win anything. You have to have power like a cannon, or you better leave. Before, players with less strength but more skill could compete, but not now. Now they don't exist, they have disappeared [from the game]. Q: Can you talk about your perfect tennis player? A: The movement of Federer, the head of Nadal, the serve of Roddick, the backhand of Nalbandian and the forehand of Federer. I don't know of a good volley. Federer's volley, it is good, but it is his worst shot. If he has anything bad in his game, that is. Q: Federer is the bomb, no? A: He is beyond the competition. He moves incredibly. Plays naturally, almost without effort. Perfectly measured. All his shots are of the highest caliber. Even when he makes a tactical mistake, he is so superior that he immediately finds a remedy. Q: Do you believe that only with training one can be a champion? A: In all sports, if you work hard you will play well and succeed. Think, for example, of Nikolai Davydenko. He trains like an animal and he is among thee Top 10, but when you volley it is better to use one hand. I think to be a Federer or Nadal you must have something more: talent, imagination, skill, mentality. Because they play at a higher level and are great.