Originally Posted by veroniquem
And Sampras would kill him for his 1 RG title! Obviously, not many players have won all 4 slams. But one has to admit that the obsession with slams is relatively recent. Even in the 90s, Agassi skipped AO for several years and some players skipped Wimbledon regularly. It didn't seem like such a big deal at the time. The "counting slams" frenzy started with the Fed era.
Anyway, in the case of Lendl, it's true he was desperate to get a W title. But if we're talking about total # of slams won, I don't think it seemed as important at the time as it does now.
Those were clay courters that were protesting their low seeding by not playing, it was a big deal.
And Sampras didn't clear out his schedule on a crusade to win RG the way Lendl did Wimbledon, so I wouldn't say he'd "kill" for it, in the same way that Lendl would have.