I'm just taking a looking at the video of Sampras playing at the US Open (2002), and it seems like the REAL reason why Sampras can still win and sweep the top players is because he STILL has his serve. It's the serve. He's a clutch player with the serve. Fed is not a clutch player with the serve in the real sense. He is an all around player, because his volley talents are simply 'better' than the average player these days. His volleys are nowhere near Sampras, Edberg, Becker, and the likes of them ... McEnroe. When Fed is in trouble, does he serve & volley? I don't think so. He simply stays back and causes the other individual to makes mistakes. Sampras, on the other hand has a go-to shot: The Serve. Fed doesn't have a go-to shot. Sure, he may have a good serve, but it's not a tried & true, consistent go-to shot. Sampras has that go-to shot with his serve. Think about it. If Sampras' serve is the same as before, if not even better, then his volley game, often contingent on his serve, may still be there. This is why Sampras mentioned 'licking his chops'!!!! Sampras' big serve will simply crush the returner, whoever they are, and whoever they may be; and if it's not an ace, it will certainly place them in a defensive position for Sampras to take care of with an easy put away volley. This is why he is licking his chops when he sees everyone staying back. Again, when y'all mention Agassi and how he himself believes that Roger is a great player, remember, Agassi continued while tennis technology changed, and he took advantage of more powerful rackets. Sampras didn't. With Sampras, he continued to use the old 85, and still won. When Sampras lost to new players, did Sampras use new technology? No. This is why we still don't know whether or not Sampras would fail today with the new technology, because he never actually used it. Agassi did, with his HEAD rackets, didn't he? This is why, now, harnessing new tennis technology today can make Sampras as good, or if not better, especially on the serve. Sampras' serve is still there isn't it? If so, he may still have his chances, and capitalize on really licking his chops. That blog, is quite interesting. Seriously check it out and make some intelligent comments. www.tennisanalyst.blogspot.com Good analysis, good predictions.