Originally Posted by Blocker
In answer to the OP, Sampras is very much one of the GOAT contenders, but I'll say it until I'm blue in the face, you can't single one man out as GOAT. There's too many things to consider, which works against every player to ever play the game.
Slam count is not the be-all and end-all, but it's the most important criteria in goat debate. 17 to 14 slam is a huge difference. Even great players(hall of famers) wasn't able to win 3 slams in their career. Sampras doesn't have a career slam. he reached 18 slam finals but Fed reached 24. Sampras have less winning % at the slam, less matches won, etc...
We can compare other stats ouside of the slam and Fed is still ahead.
302 wks #1/286
FEDERER CLEARLY IS ONE TIER ABOVE SAMPRAS.
Tier1(goat): Federer; Tier 1.5: Laver, Gonzales, Sampras, Nadal, Borg;
Tier 2: Lendl, Connors, Rosewall, Tilden; Tier 2.5: McEnroe, Agassi