safin says Federer = Sampras + Agassi!!

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  1. fed_rulz

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    .. towards the end of the video (link courtesy VGP in a thread in FPP section):

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2009/10/ATP-Uncovered-S1-E6-Pete-Sampras.aspx

    Kafelnikov deflects the question, while Safin clearly thinks Fed is the GOAT :)

    that makes four players (Safin, Agassi, hewitt and henman) who have played both players at their peaks, crowning Fed as the GOAT.

    Sampras himself says that tennis now is tougher than the times when he played..
     
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    Now, re-read that a few times, very carefully, and try to see what what's wrong.

    I'll give you a hint - the term is 'Greatest of ALL time', not 'Greatest of the last 20 years'.

    Bonus points if you picked that, of the players you listed, only Agassi and Henman could possibly have played both Sampras and Federer at their peak.
     
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    Hey, don't shoot the messenger. Safin was asked who was the greatest of ALL TIME to which he replied. If you don't like it, go take it with safin (or any of those players that I mentioned) or the one that asked Safin the question in the first place.
     
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    Quoting Henman as a tennis authority! I'm English, but that's nuts. :)
     
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    why not? he's more qualified to comment on how good Fed/Sampras are than tennis analysts who base their opinions on just watching them play
     
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    Henman has probably forgotten more about tennis than most people on this board will understand in their lifetimes. People seem to forget that he climbed to number 4 in the world and he wasn't the most talented junior that the UK produced. But because he never won Wimbledon, people (particularly uk ) are very dismissive of him. It isn't easy to win grand slams or even get into finals. I say this as someone who didn't particularly like Henman.
     
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    I'd still take the word of ex players who've won multiple slams and been world #1. There's no shortage of those who're willing to crown Fed GOAT without having to rely on "Tiger Tim".
     
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    just watch the rafaela brigade come in here trying to discredit safin...
     
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    To qualify my statement, I have a lot of respect for Tim as someone who did a great deal for British tennis, and on another board where he is frequently derided by my fellow Englishmen I stick up for him. But to say Fed is GOAT because Agassi, Hewitt, Safin and Henman say so. Let's just say it's not hard to spot the odd one out.
     
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    Name other slam winners who have played both Fed & Sampras in their primes, and are willing to crown Fed as GOAT?
     
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    Two of the players you mentioned didn't play them in their primes.

    What do Kuerten, Rafter, Ferrero, Ivanisevic et al think?
     
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    All four that I mentioned have played Fed & Pete in their primes, unless you take Pete's prime to be 93-97.... And Rafter and Ivanisevic did not play Fed in his prime. i don't know if Ferrero played pete in his prime. I do not know of Kuerten's opinion on the GOATness..
     
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    Why the paranoia?

    Why would Nadal fans want to discredit Federer?

    We cheer for a guy whose greatest achievements come from beating Federer...

    Why would we suddenly want to knock Federer down?

    I think you have Nadal fans confused with Federer haters.
     
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    no, it'll be more of the Pete-tards, and nostalgia-lovers.
     
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    Santoro and Bjorkman played both played against prime Sampras in the 90s and prime Federer in this era, they both said Federer is the better player.

    That makes six players.
     
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    Agassi, Santoro and Bjorkman are all nuts too? Guess all the players playing in both decades must be nuts. LOL
     
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    thanks, i had forgotten about santoro and bjorkman..
     
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    I only questioned the inclusion of Henman with the other three mentioned in the OP. You'll have to point me in the direction of my post which says I don't think Fed is GOAT.
     
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    there is no doubt about fed being better than sampras now. why bother?
     
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    There is, else the Federer lovers wouldn't be telling us at every turn why he's greater than Sampras, this thread being the latest!

     
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    And Santoro!
     
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    Fed is clearly better than Sampras, if nothing else for one clear reason:

    On clay's biggest stage, Federer has won a French, was a 3 time finalist and also a semi-finalist. In all four of his losses, he lost to the greatest clay courter we'll probably ever see in Nadal.

    Sampras could but manage ONE semi in 13 tries at the French. When he got there, he was destroyed by Kafelnikov in sets 3 and 4--completely spent physically and nowhere even CLOSE to winning.

    Right there, that settles it. GREATEST implies the ability to be great on all surfaces. Federer has been GREAT on clay. He also won the Italian Open don't forget and Hamburg as well.
     
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    Well, Safin knows more than most of you armchair pundits... sooo
     
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    All of this is true, but one has to wonder if Tim Gullikson did not passed away, I think Pete would have won a FO.
     
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    somehow I think Rafa would disagree. Until Fed has no equal in his OWN era he cannot possibly be GOAT.
     
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  26. Azzurri

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    It is QUITE obviosu you know absolutely nothing about Pete. His prime was NOT 2000. Yes, it was 93-97. He won 2 majors in one season in 93, 95, and 97 and had 6 years of #1 ranking at years end(till 98).
     
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    What's the basis for this claim? Sampras never came close to winning the French Open when Gullickson was alive.
     
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    Lol. Both hewitt and safin have played Pete since 1998. do a fact check before shooting your mouth off :). So let me get this straight: Pete was not in his "prime", yet he ended the year at # 1 in 98.
     
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    In Sampras's book, Tim wanted to win the FO together with Pete.
     
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    federer = sampras + agassi - goat serve - goat volley - goat return
     
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    obviously he is though
     
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    sampras had the goat serve? are you brain-dead?

    he didn't have goat volleys either... although at least that is closer
     
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    Federer at his prime was Sampras + Agassi with a great serve, great returns, and good volleys.

    That's still a pretty damn good player.

    Oh, and Sampras didn't have the best serve of all time, nor the best volleys. Agassi's claim for greatest return of all time is debatable, but I'd be willing to let that go. Sampras' serve and volleys, though... no dice. Karlovic's serve is better than Sampras' and I can name 5 players with better volleys than Pete.
     
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    err.. rafa disagrees with you; he calls Fed the "greatest in history" repeatedly :)
     
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    thats funny that someone would think federer had a serve even close to sampras....sampras is the standard by which serving excellence is measured, and serve-volley too the highest standard (though the ease of the volley is helped by the freak serve)
     
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    i guess you like being a smartass?
    i'm still waiting for an explanation on the calculus question you supposedly answered
     
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    last few wimbledons federer has missed some laughably easy volleys, that is the most glaring problem when he plays nadal at wimbledon
     
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    Why not? According to ******* logic, that is possible.

    According to *******s, Federer is no longer at his peak though he's made the final of the last 7 grand slams, winning 3 of them. As a Federer fan, you should have known this! ROFL!

     
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    I like this concept.

    Applying this, If i had started playing tennis when i was 5, i would have won 20 grandslams and probably be the GOAT.

    If i didnt miss that bus few yrs ago, i would be Bill Gate's right man minting millions now...
     
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    So I take it that you concur with McEnroe that Sampras would beat Federer a majority of the time on fast courts ... because he knows 'more than most of you armchair pundits... sooo'?! ROFL!

     
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    But what about tennis on other planets and possibly in other dimensions. Can't declare Federer anything until that question is answered.
     
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    Mac never played Federer, but Safin played BOTH Fed/Pete in the biggest stage in mens' tennis. Safin knows more about their game than Mac?
     
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    mac has a more accurate perspective than safin, because safin can only judge based on the sampras v safin matchup, or based on the federer v safin matchup, so that is a head2head perspective which depends on the player's pespective, like federer hates playing nadal, yet blake didn't mind playing nadal etc., so mac has a more impartial pespective hence a better judge
     
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    do you have any idea what you read?? First off Marat played him ONCE prior to 2000 and that was in 1998 and Pete destroyed him. Pete was just not the same player by 2000. Yes he won W and made 2 more USO finals (losing them) before winning in 2002, but he was no longer in his prime and not the same player. You are utterly without clue.

    Hewitt????? Lleyton did not beat Pete until 2000. So again, please wake up. Each player you mentioned played Pete ONE time in 98 and LOST. Prime Pete was no match for Lleyton/Marat. Get a clue.
     
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    Do you mean 1st serve?? I love when people bring in the goon Karlovic to try and bring down Pete's serve..give me a break.
     
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    agassi + federer = sampras.
     
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    Obviously I'm talking about first serves.
     
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    if the messenger distorts the message with a clear agenda, i believe he is bound to get shot too.. deserved might i add...
     
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    i always wondered why the federetes start a new thread about his greatness and his "first player ever to win ________(insert random bs) while being ________(insert more BS) and having ____________(idem) whit closed eyes" records every friggin 30 seconds... but that is just me...


    ps: insecurity comes to mind...
     
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    ok, but it was not obvious. You stated SERVE. there are 2 allowed per attempt. What does it matter that Karlovic has a better 1st serve?? What does it mean? Aaron Krickstein had a better BH than Pete, again what does it mean? Karlovic has done NOTHINg with that great 1st serve. Again, what is your point?
     
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