Originally Posted by Prisoner of Birth
I think he would. Sampras was making USO finals so if Federer had made a final in the previous year's USO, he'd try his luck in the next one, too.
That is a fair point, but what if Sampras had NOT made the US Open final, the previous year? What if he didn't win it in 2002? My point is, the US Open win salvaged Sampras' season and capped his career perfectly. It was completely unexpected. Previous to that, Sampras' season was horrible by his standards. Just wondering if Federer would have too much pride to quit or would the reality of his demise as a competitive player lead him to bow out gracefully on a losing note? Or would that not even be a consideration?