Sampras or Federer?

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Who's Better?

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  1. Pete Sampras

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  1. quest01

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    Personally i think Pete Sampras is better. When and if Federer surpasses 14 grand slams then he would be the best ever, but for right now, Sampras is king.
     
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  2. siber222000

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    i would say... even though pete won more slam, i would choose fed
     
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  3. Volly master

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    sampras or federer..

    gee thats tough..

    id have to say myself because i cannt decide between them too ;) stop beating a dead horse
     
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  4. chiru

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    another fed sampras thread who's better. really, you don't say! you know what im not even gonna rip on you for this. instead, ill let stewie griffin do it for me, of course draw the metaphor for this situation but it should pretty much cover me:
    "Olivia: You are the weakest link, goodbye. (laughter)
    Stewie: Ha ha ha! Oh gosh that's funny! That's really funny! Do you write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh. You are the weakest link goodbye. You know, I've, I've never heard anyone make that joke before. Hmm. You're the first. I've never heard anyone reference, reference that outside the program before. Because that's what she says on the show right? Isn't it? You are the weakest link goodbye. And, and yet you've taken that and used it out of context to insult me in this everyday situation. God what a clever, smart girl you must be, to come up with a joke like that all by yourself. That's so fresh too. Any, any Titanic jokes you want to throw at me too as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity. God you're so funny!"
     
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  6. AndrewD

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    Sampras isn't the greatest of all time and, at this point, Federer doesn't even enter the equation.
     
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  7. BaseLineBash

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    Cool, I didn't know you could order a computer specially equipped with a braille keyboard from Dell.
     
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  8. jukka1970

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    LOL, great original comeback.
     
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  9. Ivanišević

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    sampras.
    and just because competition federer's playing in.
    they're both great players, but in my opinion-rafter, goran, stich, becker, courier, agassi,, lendl, chang, muster, kafelnikov, kuerten, krajicek... are way better than perhaps-gaudio, roddick, t.johanson, coria, ljubicic, davydenko,stepanek, robredo,ferrer, nieminen and so on..
     
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  10. The Grand Slam

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    To be honest with you, I think Sampras.
     
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  11. AndrewD

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    Course you can mate, specially designed for the American tennis fan.
     
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  12. Duzza

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    I like Sampras 10 percent more, but Federer is 20 percent better :D
     
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  13. FiveO

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    Well, there are some Americans, aware that tennis was being played in the Open era and before the advent of desk-tops, who would include an Australian, a Swede and an American in any discussion about a male G.O.A.T. and will include a Swiss if and when he passes a couple of more guys on the career major list and/or adds an RG.
     
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  14. iamke55

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    Federer by far. I used my time machine to come up with this answer so don't bother disagreeing.:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
     
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  15. helloworld

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    Better in terms of what ? If you're comparing the success between the two, Federer is probably half of Sampras.
     
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  16. theace21

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    It would have been a heck of a match at the Big W when they both were in their prime...But remember Federer is still a youngster and will get better.
     
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  17. tennisprofl

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    sampras is better, but if fed keeps it up he will def surpass sampras as mens goat
     
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  18. HAWKEYE

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    FED SAMPRAS

    serve 8 10
    return of serve 10 7
    net play 8 10
    backhand 10 7
    forehand 10 9
    movement 10 9

    TOTAL 56 52

    But still, in clash between this two guys at their best I would go for Sampras! Lies, damn lies and statistics....
     
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  19. Ivanišević

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    your statistic is stupid.
    but.. i would give fed 7 for serve
    return of serve 10 for fed??rather 9
    10 for fed's backhand? are u serious??
     
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  20. Marat Safinator

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    10 for his backhand? go get some glasses charley.
     
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  21. Ivanišević

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    some people are really TOO impressed with federer
     
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  22. zolo

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    Totally Sampras.
     
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  23. Marat Safinator

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    Im quite a fan of federer but his backhand is nowhere near 10, 8 at the best of times.
     
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  24. Marat Safinator

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    oh yes and I'll say sampras.
     
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  25. HAWKEYE

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    Guys those were relative figures not absolute! 10 was base point and i gave it to the guy with the better shot, not the perfect shot! Even Fed's forehand is not perfect!
    But still you are underrating Fed's backhand. If his backhand is nowhere near 10 how would you rate Pete's backhand?! Below 0 i guess.
    C'mon guys I will put my glasses on if you change your's.
     
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  26. Ivanišević

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    well, it's funny coz 10 is the highest number u used in this comparison
     
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  27. HAWKEYE

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    Fed's forehand is obviously better shot than his backhand but i gave it both 10 because both shots are better than Pete's. OK?
     
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  28. Big Fed

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    Fed all da way
     
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  29. fastdunn

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    You are two generous on Fed's backhand, net play and movement, IMHO.
    IMHO, Sampras has BETTER movement than Fed's.


    You know the thing is that Sampras is clearly better in terms of tangibles.
    It's clear as fire to me. But great thing about Federer is that he has so much
    in "intangible" stuffs. He has very resilient game and mixture of different
    styles...

    But I don't think it was good move to use those tangible departments
    of the tennis game if you wanted to claim Federer is better.



     
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  30. David L

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    I think HAWKEYE got it about right. Sampras had a more effective serve than Federer and a better volley, although I think the latter is mainly due to the infrequency with which Federer volleys, more so than inherent ability.

    I happen to think that Federer is better in terms of tangibles. It may have been you in another thread who described Federer's ability as magical, suggesting that it might disappear, like magic, just as easily as it appeared. Federer's ability might look magical, but don't be fooled. He is a solid player with clear discernible skills. Here are some of his tangibles.

    Let's start with Federer's backhand. Having read these boards for the last couple of months, I'm aware that same people will find my next statement shocking. Federer has the best backhand in the game at the moment in my opinion. Better than Gasquet's, better than Safin's, better than Gaudio's. His variety on that side is second to none. He slices with and w/o penetration, with and w/o side, his drop shots are crazy, his angles on the pass are nuts, he can whip it deep with topspin or drive it low and hard, he can just keep it solid to stay in the rally or drive it hard to force a play, he can hit it down the line or at varying angles crosscourt, he also has an array of punts, dips and flicks he can perform with it. This and more. I'll take his backhand over anyone elses any day.

    He is incredibly consistent. I would say the most consistent if you consider the kind of shots he goes for. His margin for error is lower than a player who loops the ball with heavy topspin, because he has sufficient control over the ball not to need a larger margin for error. Going into the final of the this year's Wimbledon, Nadal's unforced error count was over 100, Federer's was in the 70s. Why? Because when Nadal played more aggressive, as he did this year at Wimbledon, he made more errors. Federer can play aggressive and make fewer errors than others.

    His forehand is the best in the game, easily! He can deal with every type of ball, with pace, and regardless of position, hurt you with it. It's also the biggest in the game when he turns the screw, and his placement is unrivaled. All of this is no fluke, he does it very comfortably and with low risk. He has been hitting so many great forehands with such regularity and for so long that one is forced to accept that this phenomena is not a flash in the pan. He just has great hands and a great sense of feel.

    His serve is underrated, especially his second serve. Both have disguise, penetration, placement, variety and compliment the rest of his game so well. Slice, flat or with kick, his serve sets him up nicely for the next shot. Only Karlovic currently wins more service games at 92%, Federer wins 90%. He is ranked 1 for points won on the second serve, so even if his first serve is not working, he is still in good shape. This last fact reduces the possibilty of luck determining whether he wins or loses. 'You are only as good as your second serve'. He is also ranked 1 for points won on the return of the opponent's first serve.

    His movement is his other strength. He is an athlete and can get to so much. When he gets there, he can also put enough on the ball to make it extremely difficult to outmanoeurve him. Federer also seems a bit more spritely to me than Sampras.

    So many tangibles, I have to wonder if you have been paying attention when watching Federer play. I think the problem for you might be that Federer has 'too' many tangibles. When I think of Sampras, I think big serve and volley, and maybe as a side dish, the running forehand facilitated by the eastern grip. When Federer was commenting about his 'one dimensional' comment, in refererence to Nadal's game, he said Sampras was not exactly three dimensional, but nevertheless was good at what he did, which was pretty much the same thing each time, serve and volley. Federer has more variety in his game, and wins points in many different ways that, for some, it might be difficult to see a clear pattern, something tangible to grab onto. I suspect you have fallen into this trap.
     
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  31. BaseLineBash

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    People forget. Out of sight...out of mind. Sampras, but not by a long shot. They are both very complete players, both can and could do everything well.
     
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  32. superman1

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    The wording is crappy. I think Federer is the better player (not by much), but he has a LONG way to go to catch up to Sampras' accomplishments.
     
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  33. HAWKEYE

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    You've said it all. I would just like to make a brief comment on what you have said about Fed's backhand. Variety is a key word, and people often tend to overlook it. Let's take for example Guga's backhand. Many would argue that Guga's backhand is better than Fed's. In baseline exchanges he can wheap you out of court on that side and the penetration he can get there is amazing. But can Guga produce all different kind of slices and angles that Fed can do with his backhand? Guga's backhand is heavy artillery but Fed's is complete package. The same could be said for Safin's backhand. Doublehanders generaly don't have much of a variety on their shot.
    Fed definitely has the best backhand in the game today. It's not perfect but it's the best. Simple as that!
     
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  34. fastdunn

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    Well, my opinions differ with yours. That's cool.

    In terms of Federer's standard, I think his foot-speed is a weakness.
    Only way to beat Federer right now seems to be to stretch him left
    and right turning it into a running game. Nadal, Nalbandian does it so well.

    I disagree Federer's backhand is the best in the game. In fact, it's very
    mediocre in his standard. I don't think I've seen many of current pro's
    whose backhand fails that badly against Nadal's lefty spin.

    Federer's backhand looks fine because it is buried inside complete
    package of Federer's game. If you seperate it out of it and see it
    objectively not as "Federer's backhand", it's only mediocre shot.

    As Gilbert said, Federer is a baseliner. I'm not going to comment
    much on Federer's net game. He was doing OK before 2003 and
    he does not use it much after 2003 and not exaclty successful
    when he does it.

    Now, what is real special element of Federer's game besides his
    unreal super forehand
    which I think is truely the best in history ?

    It's the element that binds all of his tools together into a magical
    one.
    For example, his uncanny anticipation. he seems to know what
    shots his opponent is going to hit. His court sense. He knows the geomerty
    of the court very well and he is as good tennis geometry master
    as mcEnroe. He knows when to crank up and get offensive
    un-mistakabley.
    These are the same intangibles that the fellow Swiss Hingis possessed.
    His resilient playing style. He can play power baseliner, pusher,
    counter puncher, junk baller. All these nasty variety of shots
    at the right moment. He said himself he mastered when to hit what shots.
    And lastly he has this magical hands. He makes all sorts of impromptu
    shots that bails him out of defensive situations.
    He is a magic pool player. As Mary Carrillo said, he has supreme awareness of
    his body.
    These are intangibles
    that can not be categorized to analyze. You just know when you see
    someone with a gifted hand.
    These are not the typical tennis tangibles, certiany not
    in the tangibles HAWKEYE originally listed.

    These are really esoteric subtle tennis ingredients of Federer's game
    that people are excited about


    Of course, he is top world class athelete. He has superb atheletic
    ability to execute basic strokes of tennis game. But I don't think
    his tangibles are that special. His forehand stands out and maybe
    the best I've ever seen last 20 years or so. But we're living in era
    of forehand revolution. Everybody has stout forehand.
    Without that last magic ingredient
    of intangibles that strings all together, his game would become
    something like Pioline's , IMHO
     
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  35. HAWKEYE

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    Who would you rather play approach shot to his backhand side: Fed, Nalbandian or Safin? I guess you would say Fed. So would I! But you would say because of his intangibles not because of his backhand. But eventually you would be passed by his backhand because his intangibles are not cappable of doing that by themselves. They need something tangible to make the pass!
    I can't understand how can you distinguish between intangibles and tangibles in each Federer's shot. I can argue with you that there is so much of the intangibles behind Fed's forehand which you have praised for its tangibles.
    All we can discuss is how effective certain shot is. The rest is methaphysics.
     
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  36. shrakkie

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    well i mean i have never ever even come across a question like this i mean it really is original!lol:)

    no seriously i think its way too early to say who is better as roger is still only 25!he has a lot of tennis left in him yet.lol:)
     
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    Roger's on his way to 9 this year. 14 will be history by 2008.
     
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  38. ben_slammer

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    Sampras Federer

    Serve 10 9
    Forehand 9 10
    Backhand 8 8.5
    Net play 9 8.5
    Movement 8.5 8.5

    At their bests
     
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