Is Nadal going to be Sampras's next victim of current tour player victories?

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  1. 1Sampras

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    Pete Sampras has wins over Federer, Ginepri, Roddick, Haas, Stepenek, Harbaty, and Blake. Who do you think is next on Pete's hit list of current ATP tour players?
     
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  2. iamke55

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    He might get a game if he's lucky like Santoro. Then again, Santoro beat Sampras 6-1 6-1 so maybe not even a game.
     
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  3. veroniquem

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    I don't think Sampras is that eager to embarrass himself...
     
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    Nadal would own Sampras. I hope that match happens. :D
     
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  5. rich01

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    He couldn't win the Albert hall masters against old guys who retired years ago. Those exo's were obviously fixed to an extent no offense to Pete..
     
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    That wouldn't be a smart move from Sampras IMO.Unlike Federer and some other guys,Nadal doesn't really know how to play an exhibition.
     
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  7. GameSampras

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    A 1 match situation like McEnroe said and Blake said, Pete could defeat anyone on today's tour. Thats a fact. And it wouldnt be an embarrassment. Maybe an embarrassment for Nadal if he and Pete plays on a fast indoor carpet (where Nadal is suspect at best and very subpar) with Pete Acing Nadal off the court. Nadal has never dealt with any player with the fire power and the disguise pete has on his serve. People underestimate Pete big time. Look at his hitlist. Pete is more than capable of defeating any of the guys today in the right conditions of the court.

    This talk of Nadal blowing Pete out anywheres in an exhibition is nonsense. Pete can still play and play great in one match situations. A fast surface, Pete keeping the points quick, attacking Nadals BH, keeping his serving up, he has a great chance of taking out Nadal
     
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  8. ksbh

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    If Nadal takes the match seriously, Sampras will be toast! But it's an exhibition, so Nadal will likely not bother to bring his best game.

    By the way, I don't care if this match happens or not. It's just a waste of time, anyway.
     
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  9. GameSampras

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    I dont think people here have actually seen Pete play recently. Watch his Macau Match against Roger, his match against Roddick in 07. His match against Blake and MCenroe. You think Nadal would have lasted long against Pete playing like he did against Roger on the fast Macau Courts? HELL NO!!.. Thats why if it is the right conditions on a fast court, Pete has a chance of beating Rafa
     
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  10. mrmo1115

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    I agree, he would toast Sampras. He would be much harder to play against than Federer. When Fed plays Samp, he plays more into his game, so its comfortable for Sampras. Nadal with his lefty spin serve abusing Sampras backhand and passing him left and right, and Nadal is super quick. I think Nadal would destroy Sampras.
     
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  11. miyagi

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    I'm a Nadal fan but I really dont know where all this "Nadal would own Sampras is coming from".....is it just because he beat Santoro??

    In a one match situation I would not bet against Sampras beating ANYONE currently on tour.

    Some of you are getting WAY to excited.....jeeze!
     
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    I agree. On a quick surface, I would go as far as to say that the odds are in Pete's favour. He would attack the net at every opportunity, and he can still serve anyone off the court. Nadal is not that great a returner (screw the 2008 returning stats, simply looping the ball back is not going to cut it against a serve-volleyer of Sampras' caliber) and Pete's lethal serve-volley would spell trouble for Nadal. The only time he would be destroyed is if he engages in baseline rallies, as Nadal would destroy Pete from the back of the court, even in his prime.

    EDIT: On slow and medium paced-surfaces, Nadal would have to give Pete a couple of games, because otherwise, it would be an embarrassment.
     
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  13. BobFL

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    Are you serious? Every player on your list can destroy Sampras IF he plays his top game. They were just showing their respect for Pete...
     
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  14. JankovicFan

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    Take it to Former Pro Player Talk. You guys never quit, trying to steal bandwidth here.
     
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    J.Fan ... I take it that you're not a particularly big admirer of the Sampras fans in here? Beware, they can pack a punch! :)

     
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    did this match take place?? or is it going to happen???
     
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  17. GameSampras

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    Hasnt happened yet.. Though I have heard rumblings about it happening sometime in the fall. It will be interesting to see what type of surface pete and rafa play on.. Maybe it will be a series of exos much like roger-pete in late 07
     
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    With all due respect for Pete, but Nadal has simply to much match rhythm to be dominated easily. He also would put Pete's backhand under immense pressure.

    Playing on a really fast surface Pete should still be competitive, though.
     
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  19. Azzurri

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    how about this...if the match happens and Nadal loses, YOU leave the boards forever. Are you that confident?
     
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    I'd like to amend this. he leaves the boards and the Earth forever. he needs to go back to Mars.
     
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  21. edmondsm

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    They would never play because Nadal doesn't know how to scale his game back for an exo. Two points into the match he would go into balls-out mode and the match would end about 20 minutes later.
     
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    Nadal has played several exhibitions. He knows what to do.
    This won't be like the time he was 14 and ended up beating Pat Cash.
     
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    I don't think he would embarass himself like that. Nadal is at his best now, experience and youth. He'd beat Sampra 6-0 6-0 on hard court lol.
     
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    I don't see why people think a Nadal v. Sampras exo would end 6-0, 6-0 when he played plenty of tight matches with Federer recently.
     
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    In exo's you play to your opponents strengths to give a better show. In a real match you pick on their weakness's and break them down.

    Sampras would beat nadal in an exo. But those arent real matches. How many of these exo's would we have had with pete if he lost them all badly in 45mins?

    This is professional wrestling, not professional tennis.
     
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    Mars? What? Are you kidding me? That's way too close. I suggest Jupiter at the very minimum, maybe Alpha Centauri.
     
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    you wish... he would come even stronger and say :

    .. oh nadal was tired

    ... it was played in hardcourts....

    ... sampras is boring and arrogant...

    ... the ball became was lighter because of sampras massive serve... (based on the N_F Objects changeable mass theory)
     
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    They were playing in Antarctica! Oh wait, I mean.... Portugal!? Crap, I forgot my Geography.
     
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    Nadal would win quite easily imo. Probably a 6-2, 6-2 match. If it were a 5 set match, Pete would get destroyed. Fed would do the same to Pete in a real match situation. Exhibition matches are just that.
     
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    Agreed. Sampras is a joke these days. Too bad players feel sympathetic in the exhibitions and let Pete do well. I wish someone would take the exhibition fully serious and destroy him.
     
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    If by "victim" you mean will he be a victim of the Sampras exhibition jinx, then he could be. Kind of like Federer was a victim last year when he lost to Mardy Fish in IW after playing that MSG exo.
     
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  33. edmondsm

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    Why is Sampras a joke these days? He plays exo's that bring a lot of attention and cash to the sport of tennis. He's entering his late 30's and he still plays a mean game of tennis and pops serves in the 130's. The only joke is you.
     
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    Are some people so insecure that they cannot allow themselves to like anyone except one player?

    How can anyone who has achieved 14 slams be a joke?

    Some of you are bordering on obsessive....Do you really think Nadal is proud of his fans being rude and ignorant about every other player in the ATP, when he is so humble and respectful himself!
     
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  35. vmosrafa08

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    If they play, I think that Sampras is going to win.
     
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  36. Holly

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    John Mcenroe beat Pete Sampras.......does anyone have some footage of that?
     
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  37. ThA_Azn_DeViL

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    Way to steal the topic, anyways, I think it would be a good match, seeing how Sampras has a good serve, but Nadal isn't someone to trample over, when hes beaten Federer.
     
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  38. 1st Seed

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    Im' sure some of the Sampras deciples will find the quote.Sampras was once not to long ago interviewed and asked witch modern day player he would beat rather easily.No lie he said Nadal.He said and I quote"I would be licking my chops".Pete mentioned that Nadal's loopy stokes along with his 10' behind the baseline would match up good for his serve and volley game.Me personally, If Pete still had his legs it would take him longer to open a pack a balls then it would to beat Rafa.IMO,destroy him with ease.2and2
     
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    And yet he hasn't shown interest in playing Nadal in any exhibition matches. The guy is all talk these days. His fans continue to bring that arrogance Sampras possesses in their posts. It is quite annoying.
     
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    Not really A big Pete fan, I just call them like i see them.
     
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  41. wangs78

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    LOL. You are right on! He'll be his usual grunting self giving his opponent fits!
     
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    Well Sampras would be amazed how powerful Nadal's passing shots are when he is under pressure. Fed sure has been caught many times at the net with shock of how good Nadal's passing shots have been. Sampras's backhand would be the point of attack for Nadal. If he can't get enough aggressive shots from his backhand, he'll have to come to the net off junk or get his backhand broken down. Advantage Nadal. I think Fed and Sampras have very similar baseline games with Fed being a more consistent version of it.
     
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  43. The-Champ

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    A lot of people here talk about Pete destroying Nadal, like Nadal has never played tennis. In his prime Sampras' serve was very hard to break....but then again he has to break Nadal's serve as well. Nadal may not have an overpowering serve but he backs it up really well. Unless you suggest sampras makes a return winner off every nadal serve.
     
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    I gotta admit, I WOULD love to see any of today's big four (Fed, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic) go all out against Pete. Would like to see how many service games Pete can win. I'm going to assume he won't earn any breaks.
     
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    You're nuts! Don't ever compare a baseline thoroughbred like Federer to Sampras. There is nothing Sampras can do from the baseline that is even comparable to Federer.
     
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    Yes, but Sampras is better at the net than Federer, and that is where he would most likely be against Nadal.
     
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    I said Sampras isn't as consistent but they both rely on their forehands to overpower their opponent and use their backhands to rally more. Both being one-handed backhands. Sampras is a weaker version of Fed from the baseline. That doesn't mean he isn't as great as Federer. His net and serving were at another level.
     
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    His FH is just as powerful and penetrating. His running FH is better by far. I'd put their FHs as equals.



    Sampras also was more aggressive from the baseline than Federer, far more. He ended the point quickly from both sides. Federer tends to lollygaggle at times. Sampras is all business, raw power.



    Prime Sampras is a heavy fav. on any surface that isn't named clay. Period. He is a terrible match-up for Nadal. He would do what Gonzalez did at the Australian Open 2007; except he'd do it more efficiently and probably make Nadal eat a bagel.
     
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  49. 1st Seed

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    For sure

    Pete's quote"licking my chops" when referring to playing Rafa.He's confident he'll beat him.
     
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    That quote was Sampras talking about him in his prime, not the 37 yr old Pete.
     
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