Originally Posted by Phoenix1983
In what world does Lendl have greater achievements than Sampras?
14 slams > 8 slams (almost twice as many!)
6 yrs as No 1 > 4 yrs as No 1
285 wks > 270 wks at No 1
5 YECs = 5 YECs
8 straight yrs winning a slam > 4 straight yrs winning a slam
The only criteria on which Lendl beats Sampras are slam finals (19 > 18 ) and minor tournaments (Masters and below) won. It's not even as if Lendl completed the career slam so you can't use that to put him ahead of Sampras.
Of course Lendl is an all-time great but no-one would sensibly rank him ahead of Sampras.
Timnz's approach is solely base on the points of all the important ATP events, and when you total it all up, Lendl has more points. He didn't include the ranking. And if you include those stats, why not include Lendl's multiple years with 90+ winning %, 96 titles, 8 straight USO finals, etc.
This is not to say Lendl had a better career than Sampras, and anyone would take Sampras over Lendl. But base on the OP's criteria, Lendl edged Sampras.
Tier1(goat): Federer; Tier 1.5: Laver, Gonzales, Sampras, Nadal, Borg;
Tier 2: Lendl, Connors, Rosewall, Tilden; Tier 2.5: McEnroe, Agassi