Originally Posted by obsessedtennisfandisorder
guys, the media were getting ridiculous around this time.
they just wanted a "fight" between them that just wasn't gonna happen anyway...just a bunch of smartass comments from both of them.
At times reading some magazines I started to get the impression
rafter was more loved in the us than sampras, which is ********.
pete had been top of the tree for a long time..yet I think he felt a little agrieved
at all the "boring sampras wins again" vibe when he was making history out there.
what would the us media give now to have a plyer of pete's calibre?
Look at all the love fed recieved the last couple of years...he isn't even american.
As much as I respect pete...I think he was arrogant at times...but that's
waht champions have to be...
some people on here go on about arrogance as if it's 100% bad.
Take fed's comments on murray after losing to him dubai 08 for example.
fed..after losing pretty much full out said murray isn't winning anything playing the way he does. now in a way..that's hugely arrogant statement.
so what? arrogance for the top guys is ok....you could tell by demeanor etc
both fed and pete have a healthy dose a good sporting arrogance.
you gotta go out there thinking crush opponent...self-doubt is bad.
Bold #1: Perhaps Pete was boring. The serve fests in the 90s were boring
Bold #2: the media would give nothing NOW for a player of pete's caliber; in fact, they have someone who is of better caliber than Pete
Bold #3: Perhaps Fed is loved more because he is that good, and well-mannered. He is very well received in every country that he plays in. The french treat him like their own, the wimby crowd treats him very well.. See a pattern here? It's not the media, its the person....