Sampras at age 29-30

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  1. abmk

    abmk G.O.A.T.

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    eh, no ... borg has his triple FO-Wimby , tilden/gonzales were more dominant than sampras @ their primes, rosewall had amazing longevity etc ..

    federer has almost erased every one of sampras' records ...he has almost nothing "unique" left ....

    it would get ugly for sampras to face someone who could serve as well as return well and not choke - i.e. federer .... krajicek was returning well for 2 weeks and guess what he did to sampras in wimbledon 96 ?
     
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  2. abmk

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    yeah, sampras also had a target of one RG, one ... guess what , he failed miserably at it ... not even reaching one final ...
     
  3. helloworld

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    For a guy who had a thalassemia desease, I think Sampras did pretty well for his age.
     
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    Andrew Ilie otherwise known as 'The Kobra'.
    That goes to demonstrate how deeply competitive the 90's were when even a seemingly unknown player gets a nickname.

    The 2000's have definitely had a drop in talent as those athletes that might have become tennis players have wisely chosen other sports. This is because tennis is a sport that is very unkind to its players. The lack of a player's union with any real power have, for example, allowed tournaments to dictate schedules and prize money. Low earnings and short careers are the end result.
    This is obviously plain to see and so many parents are warned off and instead send their kids to futbal/soccer, american football, hockey, baseball etc. All of which promise their athletes much greater likelihoods of tangible benefits and even guaranteed earnings.
     
  5. namui

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    The depth of the pro tennis at that time is deeper. I'm speaking of quality and performance. But it wasn't top 3 or 4 that seemed unbeatable like the way it is today. At that time, anyone in the top 10 or even top 12 could have a best day against a top 4 player.
     
  6. mxmx

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    Head to head, without a lethargic day like Sampras had back when against Federer on Wimbledon:

    I believe overall, if they had to play each other consistently, Sampras would have dealt better with returning Federer's serve, than Federer would have dealt with Sampras' serve...

    Hence tie breaks + serve & volley will trump Federer.

    Sampras the best :)
     
  7. Goosehead

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    lethargic hahahah..:)

    you mean sampras was crap and inferior to federer when fed pulled sampras's panties down at wimby :)
     
  8. mxmx

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    I mean i watched that match closely. If you look carefully, you will see that already in warmup Sampras was not ready and he was not himself. Soon thereafter he missed a slam dunk smash....and the pressure was on. I think he had a bad warmup. Federer did well to give him less than comfortable volleys in warmup....he missed a lot and had no rythm whatsoever. There was a lot of pressure and hype for this match....Sampras had everything to lose, and Federer nothing. If they were to play each other more regularly, I highly doubt Federer would have always had his way.
     
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