Michael Joyce rates Rios talent above Agassi and Sampras

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    Hoodjem, I hear you but consider that it might actually be the more difficult achievement to become #1. There are four chances for all the players to win a major each year, but how many players have a good chance to become 'the #1 BEST player in the world'? #1 is an amazing achievement. I think Rios should be considered for the Hall of Fame someday too. He was a special player.
     
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    Exactly Cristiano, Rios was so talented he actually invented a new shot for tennis. How many players have done that? Agassi and Sampras played tennis more like machines while Rios was an artist.

    Joyce's perspective and opinions about Rios are as credible and valuable as any. And he's not the only player to suggest Rios was the most talented, also in the book Florent Serra said while he was playing Rios he was actually trying to watch him play at the same time because he was so impressed by his talent. I doubt anyone ever said that about Agassi or Sampras. And Serra played Rios in the very last pro event he ever played.
     
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    I get the feeling that when players make statements like this, theres always some kind of back story thats being left out.

    I doubt Joyce played Rios more than he played Agassi and Sampras, but I bet he went into the matches with those guys expecting perfection and merely got both playing at their average, yet great level. And then maybe when he played Rios, Rios was playing out of his mind every time.

    Similar to how Sampras was so impressed by Brugera.
     
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    Well, Joyce also practiced a lot with Rios. I would say Agassi, Sampras and Rios all thought they were superior to Joyce and each beat him with their B games and B level intensity. I don't see why any of them would be ultra motivated to play Joyce, with all due respect to Joyce. Clearly, the talent of Rios impressed Joyce distinctly more.

    Sampras had his troubles with certain players, like Bruguera, Ferreira, Korda, Santoro, Roddick, Haas. A lot of the top players have lesser players who for whatever reasons seem to play them much tougher than one would expect.
     
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