Originally Posted by fastdunn
There wasn't much talk about GOAT in his early days.
Mary Carrillo was pretty much the only one I remember who caustiously
talked about possibility. Nothing like the rave over Federer.
At US Open 1992, Sampras got beaten squarely by Edberg.
He always struggled with fiercely attacking players.
He was never able to beat Edberg convincingly until Edberg
clearly declined. Edberg was a tough tough player.
Well, if I remember the potential GOAT talk started with Sampras around 1994 when he won Aussie Open, Japan, Indian Wells, Miami and Italian Open in the first half of the year.
The talk with Federer started in 2004 when he won the Aussie Open and Andrew Castle wrote the article on the BBC website. That's when the debate really started. So it's about the same time wise.
That 1992 final Sampras won the first set and had the match under control as he served for the 3rd set at 5:4 but served a double fault on break back point. Edberg won the match because Sampras kept having to come up with great passing shots off both wings, in the end it was too much but he stayed back a lot then and Edberg took the opportunities by repeatedly coming in. Sampras took the Edberg game plan and used it himself in later years - illustrated perfectly on my clips of Sampras Kuerten in 2000 Maimi.