sampras or federer?

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who had the better strokes/speed?

  1. fed's forehand

    73.8%
  2. sampras's forehand

    24.3%
  3. fed's backhand

    78.6%
  4. sampras's backhand

    15.5%
  5. fed's speed

    62.1%
  6. sampras's speed

    29.1%
  7. fed's serve

    6.8%
  8. sampras's serve

    90.3%
  9. fed's volleys

    15.5%
  10. sampras's volleys

    79.6%
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  1. The Gorilla

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    ok,here's what I was thinking today,sampras arguably moved better than fed,arguably had a better forehand than fed,volleys better than fed,arguably had a better backhand than fed,definitly had a better serve than fed,so maybe he was the better player?The idea of this poll is to work out who was better in each individual category and then add the results up to see who was the better player.Bear in mind,he hit that forehand with an eastern grip and with a racquet 10 inches smaller than federer's.

    most of us haven't seen sampras play in a while,also his backhand when he hit a similar vein of form with it as fed did against blake in the masters cup,and his speed when retrieving a drop volley,pls watch this vid before voting,it's only 2 minutes long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4rncyHZ4k4
     
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  2. krprunitennis2

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    Isn't Sampras' racket headsize 5 sq in smaller, not 10 sq inches?

    I'm still not sure, I think they're both great! ^_^ I haven't seen many vids of Federer and Sampras, but from what I saw so far, I think Sampras has more angles than Federer.
     
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  3. psamp14

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    good thread in my opinion...10 inches smaller on the racquet...not quite...sampras used a 85 sq in headsize, same as federer did early in his career, now federer uses a 90 sq in headsize

    i for one, have countless tapes of sampras matches, and i enjoy watching them again and again just to study his game

    i couldnt decide on forehands so i voted both of them, but i voted for federer's backhand, sampras' speed, sampras' serve (obviously) and sampras' volleys

    many people think of sampras as the physically bigger sampras of like 2000, 2001, 2002, and now, but sampras' speed even then was extremely deceptive

    just as today people say nadal, hewitt, and blake are the fastest, well you dont have to win the 100m dash but federer is deceptively quick as well, and mcenroe points that out quite often....federer's speed reminds us a lot of sampras

    sampras in his prime, which i'd say was 1993-1997, was supreme, as federer is to today's competition..the video link you provided is an excellent example of how sampras' backhand was excellent as well, passing a very adept volleyer in pat rafter

    federer's forehand is the most dangerous and biggest shot in today's game, but no comparison when it comes to the running forehand of pistol pete sampras, and sampras' forehand was no slouch either, just as good as federer's forehand is

    on the backhand side i am going on federer, because his backhand is more consistent than sampras' was, but only by the slightest of margins...sampras' backhand got weaker as his career was ending, and thats what most people remember of sampras

    i however remember sampras of his entire career, and you cannot go wrong with the sampras serve and volley....., unquestionably, without a bit of doubt, the greatest serve of all time, ever

    sure federer's dangerous at wimbledon, but sampras's presence was just dominating from the start....love-30 love-40 games meant nothing....so many times it would be erased with 4-5 aces....

    to me its just an honor and a pleasure to be able to have grown up watching sampras play, with his patented huge serve and follow up with the volley, or leaving his forehand side wide open, luring his opponent to try to go for the winner, only for sampras to whip a forehand like a strike of thunder on the run....and of course, the trademark scissor-kick overhead....no one in tennis can jump as high as sampras in smacking an overhead to end the point

    and its absolutely incredible to watch federer play now, whose game to me is so similar to sampras' game, maybe not as great with the serve and not as good of a volleyer, but he gets it done on his serve regardless, and plays a classy game...lots of style and class...
     
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    yeah,sorry,don't know what I was thinking.
     
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  5. obsessedtennisfandisorder

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    sam and fed

    yeah, I'm kind of people comparing them too.

    One thing 1 love about that pat vs Pete vid from Feb 97(thanks youtube)

    is the style of play Pat going with , great volleys from pat throughout...yet pete backhand was seriously on that day.....thus when he's in that mood...on a fast surface it's great to watch.Pete was s&v well too

    People should just be thankful we got to watch too geniouses in fed and sampo...rather than get caught up in GOAT debates.

    Pat actually played that really well...and still lost.

    the problem is the game has changed so much...just listen to Marat safins complaints...and thats just the heavy balls...let alone the surfaces.
    Everything is in the baseliners favour these days....when Navratalova , who always has something worth listening too, says people have 5mins to have a coffee and then hit the pass.

    pete(or pat) would play a game totally different to anything Roger has played in the last 5 years(please don't bring up henman, bjorkman etc). So comparisons are silly.

    I've watched a lot of pete's matches ...
     
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    referring to the post above mine...you make some great points....one i completely agree with you on, is that we should be thankful we get to watch two geniuses dominate in two decades...

    btw, your obsessedtennisfandisorder "disorder" is nothing to worry about...maybe a i prescribe 7 doses of roger federer at the AO...if it doesnt work then i'll send you to another doctor and you'll go further from there :)
     
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  7. Max G.

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    Backhand - I'd definitely have to say Federer, or at least based on the Sampras I saw.

    Serve and volleys - definitely Sampras.

    Speed - waaay too hard to judge.

    Forehand - they had pretty different forehands, Federer's has more margin for error and is less of a go-for-broke shot, he still dictates play completely with it. Again, not voting on that one.
     
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    Easy ones are serve and volleys - Sampras by far. Federer has a great serve and nice volleys, but his serve is not at Sampras' level, and I doubt he's as good as Sampras with the really tough stretch volleys, since he only comes in when it's an easy putaway.

    Federer has the superior backhand, though Sampras' was not as bad as people remember. Federer's backhand only looks horrid against Nadal on clay, otherwise it's one of the best out there.

    Forehand is tough. I'll give it to Federer because he can move people around with it better, but Sampras might have had more brute force on his forehand (it just looked heavier coming off his racquet), and his running forehand was a thing of beauty.

    As for speed, I'll go with Sampras. I think in general he was the better athlete. I remember seeing Federer go for a jumping overhead once - I think he missed it completely. He doesn't appear to have Sampras' hops.
     
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  9. laurie

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    You make an interesting point. Federer's use of his forehand to dictate play is very reminiscent of Stefi Graf and Ivan Lendl. Sampras seemed more happy to take it on the backhand then run around to hit the forehand when he wanted to up the ante in the rally. He didn't use his forehand to dictate the play as often, but his forehand was always a major threat to his opponent which forced his opponent to concentrate on his backhand, Sampras seemed happy to play along with that game, his backhand was reliable for him until he was ready to go forehand, although he did have a superb backhand down the line throughout his career.

    This Youtube clip is a good example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjjH9CcvHTo&mode=related&search=

    Even though it was Sampras towards the end of his career, he was still camped on the backhand side. On the second point, he hits a forehand down the line even though he's leaning back, that's a bit bizarrre. He did a smiliar thing against Courier in the 1991 ATP final on his serve, got a deep return, leaning back, still hits a forehand down the line winner.

    Elise Bergen says Tennis is a game of forward momentum, I agree with her, so to see someone hit winners when they are leaning back is something special - just look at how much problems Mauresmo has when she is forced to play on the backfoot leaning back, and Nadal, their balls drop extremely short and are vulnerable to attack.

    Talking about hitting winners running backwards, look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEg-WZXB6D0

    This Sampras Courier match from 1995 is another example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkjZBr3-nBk

    You have to really trust your athleticism if you are going to completely camp on the backhand side like that.

    One other lesson for Andy Roddick, Sampras or any decent attacker rarely attacks the net off crosscourt shots, he always attackes the net off down the line shots. I have no idea where Roddick gets that crazy idea from, is it in the Tennis manual? Or does Roddick think his down the line shots aren't good enough? If you got to the net off down the line shots, you are covering the angles more, not saying he won't get passed but it gives him more margin for error and percentage wise (which is what it's all about about) it would work better for him.
     
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    fed's forehand is way more consistent than sampras' on the other hand sampras' serve is waaaay better in terms of efficiency and power , but overall sampras' records speeks for itself untill federer overcomes it whish i guess will be in the near future (hope) ..
     
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    Patented? Hmmm.... If there's a patent on such play, it belongs to Boom-Boom Boris Becker. Sampras definitely may have improved on the patent, making a great version 2 :), but in my eyes BB started that trend in the modern, power-game. (Maybe someone else did it pre-80s, which would pre-date my tennis watching time).

    Again, something Sampras excelled at, again, not his first though. This one belonged to Lendl, and I'm sure i've heard others say that he was pretty much the first who really consciously employed and thrived on this strategy. Again, Sampras may well have improved the breed with version 2, but it's important to note history when it should be I guess...

    He does indeed own this shot, when I was doing a coaching course they referred to it as a 'new shot' introduced to the game by Sampras, and I'd have to agree.
     
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  12. The Gorilla

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    I'm surprised fed's being judged to have superior speed,very srprised actually.
     
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  13. Bjorn99

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    I think Pete of 1996 versus Federer of 2005 would be tennis of the ages. Both of these guys make every other mucker who has played look silly.
     
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    I voted for "Fed's speed" as I saw it as "overall movement", in which Fed is better, imo.
     
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    I could watch Youtube clips of Sampras all day! That 2002 US Open final was magical, marvelous! That place was electric, buzzing with the notion of an era about to come to the grand conclusion. He hadn't won a tourney for 2 years and just comes in and takes the grand prize!
    Gotta feel for Agassi. It often seemed he would tighten up against Pete when he otherwise wouldn't against other players. Such is the way when you're playing your nemesis.

    And watching Roddick-Sampras was strange. There's Pete with his totally classic game and look(all white) vs Roddick who looked like a circus clown in that match and his unorthodox style. Very interesting how their 2 games clashed. Sampras with his efficient and haymaking forehand while Roddick looking like he was swinging for the fences, still had much less power on that side.

    Thanks for the link to Sampras-Rusedski 5th set; I hadn't ever seen any of that match. Rusedski kept going to Sampras' forehand! Is he brain dead? Well, he paid the price.
    And McEnroe mentioned that Sampras had 80 winners in the match, does anyone have an idea of what the record for most winners in a match is?

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    As for the poll, Pete's serve, volley and Federer's backhand were the choices. Their forehands were different, but in the end balance out, imo. Pete was a bit faster than Federer, but not enough for me to select it in the poll.
    But there's so much more to tennis than strokes. Sampras was the sports ultimate clutch champion while Federer is a god amongst peasants in his era.
    Good thread!
     
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    Having great footspeed is useless if you dont have stamina.
     
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    Sampras serve, volley, coolness, Fed's technique and mobility
     
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  18. The Gorilla

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    ...really?
     
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  19. civic

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    Forehand : Sampras - Federer's probably more consistent though; could go either way. Sampras maybe had a little more power.
    Backhand : Federer
    Speed : Tie
    Volleys : Tie - Sampras probably has the edge since he SV'd
    Serve : Sampras
     
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  20. DarkSephiroth

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    Sampras's Serve & Volleys, and that's about it. Unfortunately, simple categorical comparisons don't really do it justice. Although Federer is better in almost every category, The Serve & Volley Component plays very strong and probably outweighs any other two categories.
     
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  21. tennis_nerd22

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    i was watching a sampras and agassi AO final from either 85 or 89 (forget which) and federer would be able to crush sampras easily in TODAY's game. in the OLD STYLE (net rushing, s&v, etc.) i would still give a slight edge to federer (only slight though, like 51-49 slight ;)).
     
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  22. The Gorilla

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    you obviously no sweet fa about prefed tennis m8.
     
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  23. tennis_nerd22

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    umm, if you mean: "You are obviously no fan of tennis before federer's time" then i'd have to say you're absolutely right.

    dont get me wrong though, i love watching old tennis... when i want to go to sleep.
     
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  24. The Gorilla

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    no I mean you know sweet fa about tennis,if you thought sampras and agassi were playing gs finals in 80's you don't know what you're talking about.
     
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  25. fastdunn

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    I have exactly same opinion as superman1's.

    It's tough to call who has better speed. Sampras looked lethargic on
    court at times but I think he is actually faster.

    Federer is born with ability to read his opponent well and anticipate.
    He is also born with good court vision. He sees in 4th dimension.
    He also has gifted quick hand. He is very quick but I think I've seen
    many of more athletic and explosive movers in current and past times, IMHO.


     
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    thats what it said on the satellite TV guide... i didnt believe it myself, but thats what it said.

    edit i looked it up on Wiki and it must have been a typo. it was on ESPN classic, FYI. the correct year was 1995* not 1985. i had a feeling that didnt sound right, but yes i dont know much about tennis before the year 2000, HOWEVER, i know what i saw, and i saw that federer would crush sampras in today's game, but in the type of game before 2000, with more net rushing and less power from the baseline, it would be a 50/50 toss up IMO.

    there you go, have a nice day.

    1995 Andre Agassi Pete Sampras 4-6 6-1 7-6 6-4
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Open_champions_(Men's_Singles)
     
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    The video highlights of Sampras (he was on his game!) was unfair to show unless there is a video highlight of Fed also - highlights of a match don't tell all. Yes, I saw the match scores. If you saw some random highlights of me playing, you would assume that I won the match but that's not necessarily what the outcome was!

    I think Sampras is the better player except for speed. I watched alot of him growing up.

    Would Roger Clemens strike out Babe Ruth (yea, I'm reaching) - but yes. It's hard to compare eras since so many things are different like equipment and conditioning.

    We'll never know until the time machine is invented. And then, what days would we pick for them to go head to head?

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  28. The Gorilla

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    In fairness,we've all seen lots of videos of federer,not to mention he's on the tv every other week so we all know what he's capable of.There are some people here however who don't,and some who've forgotten.
     
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    I'll have a lovely day;)

    career wins
    agassi: 14:20 sampras

    roland garros 2006: nadal federer 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6
     
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    Everbody needs to realize that this his a highlight reel and not the actual match. As awesome as Samp looks you'll notice he lost that first set. I think Pete got a lot of his winners because he went for broke on the count of his serve being so unstoppable ( I know thats been stated over and over again). I didn't see a single rally in there that began with a Sampras first serve, for obvious reasons. I think they are very similar players, Sampras with serve advantage and Fed with the backhand. They both are reminiscent of Lendl, agree?
     
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  31. justineheninhoogenbandfan

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    These are super easy:

    Forehand-Federer, no brainer
    Backhand-Federer, even easier
    Serve-Sampras, no contest
    Volley-Sampras easy
    Speed-Federer is among the very fastest movers. Sampras was very fast mover but not among the very fastest.
     
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  32. The Gorilla

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    yes,very much so.
     
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    How do you choose between two such tennis legends? There isn't much to pick between them.Federer moves better,is better defensively,has a more deadly forhand.Pete is better on offense.His serve and volley superb.His backhand better,more penetrating.Federer would win on slower surfaces,Pete on faster surfaces.If there is a tiny sliver of difference between the two I would say Pete proved his mental toughness over the years where as Roger seems a little more fragile mentally.But then again,maybe not.We'll see how he reacts as Nadal continues to push him around on clay.
     
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    I don't think it's a given that Federer has better movement than Pete did in his prime. I think Fed has better footwork from a defensive standpoint, but I think that people are vastly underrating Sampras' quickness and court coverage.
     
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    Fully agree!.. Thanks for remembering Boom Boom Boris Becker. And the way he exploded into the tennis scene and changed how the game was to be played - Power.
     
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    Watching the match between Becker and Sampras in I think 97, indoors in Germany is something I do, at least once a month. Just phenomenal stuff. Becker, Lendl, Sampras, Federer, wow, geniuses and innovators to the game.

    Becker came on to the scene and won Wimby when I was a gaffer and I had nightmares at night that I was a ballboy and getting hit by his serve, which was the most terrifying sight I had EVER seen in tennis history. That leg bend and Roger Clemens upper body catapult just created a visual image that was scary.
     
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  37. capriatifanatic

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    I picked Federer in everything except serve which I gave to Sampras.
     
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    I wonder if that serve will ever show up again on the circuit. I don't think there's a lot of guys with Becker's physique playing on the tour. I guess Roddick's serve is comparable, but Becker's serve motion was superior and he probably had a lot better control than Roddick.
     
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    You may be right but I've never seen anyone eat up court like Roger.I never thought of Pete as particularly fleet.Or let me say this:his movement was great forwards and backwards whereas Roger's coverage of court from alley to alley is the best I've ever seen.But then again you are comparing 1 and 1A.There isn't much for me to choose between them,except that I am more of a fan of the net game than all others so I still prefer Pete(slightly).
     
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    I've always thought of philipousses as an unmotivated,fat becker.
     
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  41. The Gorilla

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    I thought the forehand would be much tighter.
     
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  42. edmondsm

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    I think Fed's forehand is like Sampras's serve. Players go/went into matches thinking, "how the hell am I going to stop that thing?"
     
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    This post is yet another attempt at proving who was better. Will this debate ever end?
     
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  44. The Gorilla

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    NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I agree with the results..but I'm surprised so many people favors Fed's speed by such a margin. I actually thought Sampras was very quick (reminds me of a gazelle) and definitely more athletic..what with the jumping overhead smashes..
     
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    Somebody should have Federer run 100 meter and measure the time.

    I can not really tell who is faster. I only have a hunch that Federer
    is slower than everybody thinks and Sampras probably was surprisingly
    faster than he looks on the court....
     
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  47. lambielspins

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    Fed's forehand and backhand are by far better then Sampras's and I am surprise anybody voted for Sampras to be honest on either. Speed is close, Federer does not volley enough to tell how good he is so Sampras, and serve is Sampras.
     
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  48. BaseLineBash

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    I'm very surprised at the speed margin. Sampras' movement was very smooth, cat-like and very quick! Just like or better than Federer.
     
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    I agree about Sampras' speed. He was like a cougar on the run. At the very least, his speed was equal to Federer's. I think he was slightly faster just because he seemed to have a stronger, more solid build.
     
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  50. capriatifanatic

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    I agree with the voting so far. Federer should be ahead in all of forehand, backhand, and speed, and has over double the votes in each of the three so agree with that. Sampras should be ahead in serve and volleying and he is well ahead in both.
     
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