Originally Posted by Cesc Fabregas
Lets say Sampras' best year is 94 and Federer's 06, In 94 Todd Martin got to the final of the Australian and got to the semis of the Wimbledon and didn't finish the year in the top 8 and was barely top 10, in 06 James Blake got to 1 slam quarter final at the US Open and finished the year as no.4, doesn't that tell you that Sampras' era was stronger?
I think the eras of Sampras and Federer will be split into two parts in history though and even out more or less. Yes the competition Sampras won half his slams against and had half his year end #1s from 1990-1995 was very strong. However the field from 1996-2002 where he won the other half of his slams and had half his year end #1s was very weak. The competition Federer had in winning 9 of his slams and ending #1 three times from 2003-2006 wasnt as strong. However the competition from 2007-onwards is very strong, a heck of alot stronger than the 96-2002 field Sampras had half of his achievements against, and Federer has already amassed 6 more slams and likely atleast two year end #1s vs that field.