Originally Posted by TMF
If you're going to break up into little parts, sure, certain area Sampras trumps Connors and vice versa. But take everything into account, Sampras > Connors. The Tennis Channel listed Sampras at #3 and Connors at #9.
Sampras in events rated below the Slams and Season end finals didn't score well. His Masters 1000 title total (11) is the lowest in the top ten Male singles players of the Open era eg Lendl had 22 and McEnroe 19 and Connors and Agassi had 17. Having said that Sampras was definitely in the top 3 or 4 of the open era overall.