Federer was being called the new Sampras before he even beat him at Wimbledon. The racquet, the one handed backhand and being sponsored by Nike accentuated the comparison.
However, it was at 2004 Australian Open when people start to think he could be the GOAT. It was ridiculously early. He only had one slam at that point. He had never been no1 yet, though he was expected to take it at the Australian Open.
Searching for the article where Margaret Court says it is too early to call Federer the best ever like a lot of people were doing at the time.
Last edited by roberttennis54; 10-04-2012 at 02:57 PM.