Originally Posted by tennisaddict
Sampras has YEC, more weeks at No 1 , 3 more majors.
But Nadal has the career slam, which is the "hallmark" of a true tennis great.
Sampras was never a contender for clay, while Nadal was a genuine favorite in 2009-2010 on all 4 surfaces and he proved that as well. Rafa had genuine chances to win multiple majors on all 4 slams. Even Federer was not that close in this regard.
Masters wins lesser said the better.Both have superior H2H amongst their peers.
Pete ended with 7 wimbledons. I would guess Rafa will cross that at FO. I would give at least 1 or 2 more majors to Nadal by the time he calls it time.
Even if he does not get to 14 majors and falls 1 or 2 short, I think he is the more "accomplished" player in terms of all round success.
Any thoughts ?
One must not forget that the career slam was made significantly easier since rhe massive slow down of Wimbledon grass a little over a decade ago.one would ha e to doubt Nadal getting further than the semis on 90's grass