Originally Posted by Datacipher
For indoor tennis, I prefer Sampras and Becker, two true all-courters with big power, only because it is the optimal way to play the indoor/grass game. Big boy tennis.
Otherwise....well I still prefer Becker/Sampras because of the variety. Nadal/Federer is a great baseline rivalry....but it was nice to have all-courters and SV'ers int the mix.
Becker and Sampras is a great choice. There was something about Becker when he was confident. He had an aura about him that seemed to be saying that no matter what his opponent did, Becker could come up with something better. And Sampras of course was Sampras, very sure of himself and believed that he would come out on top in the end.
My favorite match between the two was in Germany in 1996 in the ATP finals. It was a five setter which Sampras won 3-6 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-4. Becker said he couldn't play any better and still lost. A great match.
It would be nice if we had players like Becker and Sampras today, just for the variety of styles.