The 'Real' Reason why Sampras can STILL win Wimby and/or US Open

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Tennis Dude, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Hooooon

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    ^this is some good stuff, and does a lot to explain why pete could still hang out there. IMO he could be very even with fed as the best in the world in 2 out of 3 set grass court matches. frankly, however, whoever compared baghdatis to sampras (physically) is an idiot. Bghdatis may be in the worst shape of anyone in the top 200, but his body is still more resilient than sampras'. grand slam tennis is among the most physical of competitions in any sport, and i cannot imagine a 36 year old being the best server in the world for 7 4-hour matches in 12 days. he simply wouldn't be able to bounce back quickly enough. if sampras trained hard i wouldn't be surprised to see him win queens club, but wimbledon is too much tennis and any hard court event (us open, hahahahahahahahaha) would be hopeless for him after a couple rounds. someone also brought up michael jordan, who came back in his late 30s at a level that would have made him a good 3rd or 4th option for a championship team (if he wasn't just trying to stuff his pockets full of money as a member of the wizards). sure, sampras could win futures tourneys or beat top 10 players on grass, but you have to be ignorant of the physical demands of grand slam tennis to say he could compete late in masters series or grand slam tourneys.

    keep bickering as you surely will.....
     
  2. 35ft6

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    Fed beat Sampras when Pete was actually still playing. To think Sampras would have any sort of advantage 5 years after retirement is pretty bizarre.
     
  3. AlpineCadet

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    According to some, Pete has Polyester in his racket now, so that must make a HUGE difference in his game.
     
  4. TheNatural

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    I agree only the most delusional of fans would expect that Sampras would compete in Grand slams again. With all the running over 5 sets He'd be exhausted and every slam would feel like he's at roland garros. A 1 off match is a different story, and i could see Sampras beating guys like Roddick, Blake, Nadal, Gasquet in a 1 off 3 setter. I think they wuld be very close, competitive matches. The better the opponent the more motivated Sampras is likely to be if he plays an exhibition.


     
  5. Jonnyf

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    Glad to see someone posting an "Ace" article, now lets post a tiny extract from the Henman interview in this months ACE.

    Who's the best player you've played against?
    Federer, no question That's no disrespect to Sampras,but we're playing in a different era right now and the conditions are different. If you put Sampras against Federer in Sampras' conditions it would be an unbelievable match,but we don't play now with the courts and the balls as quick[as when Sampras was playing]

    Now when Fed beats Sampras AT wimbledon when Pete is playing properly, for anyone to think Sampras will win is dellusional, I bet though that it's scripted for fed to lose a few games.
     
  6. TheNatural

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    I guess the exhibition could be analysed to death, but the bottom line is that Sampras should be competitive and he could surprise Fed in the same way Gonzo just did. The big issue is that Sampras will come in cold and will have to try to find his range quickly during the match, while Fed's game will be fine tuned as he will be coming off full time training and professional tournament play.



     

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