I think the 6 year-end #1 stat is the record Sampras will be able to hold on to for a long time to come.
I read a Pat Cash blog about his take on the GOAT. He chose Pancho Gonzales. He makes a very convincing case too.
I usually place Laver as the GOAT but now I have to reassess as I learn more about Pancho Gonzales.
At the end of the day you can't really compare eras. Sampras was amazing in his though. His ground strokes were much better than people seem to remember.
Originally Posted by mattennis
Well, 6 Year-End Nš1 and 286 total weeks at nš1 one of them (Sampras) and 5 Year-End Nš1 and 302 total weeks at nš1 the other (Federer).
Both amazing stats.
Had it been a computer ranking system in the 50s and Pancho Gonzales would have been nš1 for 6 years easily (and Tilden maybe for 10 years easily in the 20s).