Originally Posted by AbsoluTennis
Sampras would have been fine today if he would have trained and played like the top players today did and do. With his game-style, his technical repertoire and his athleticism of the 90s, when he was top, he would not be a danger to the top players today.
The game developed, and this is natural-in any sport...and saying some1 could beat the top players of today with the level of play/technique/fitness of 20 years ago is simply ridiculous!!!!!!!!
I think you overrate the changes that happened in the game. Tommy Haas won is first titles in 1999 and ended the year a top 20 player. 14 years later, at 35 after dozen of critical injuries, he is in the top 20 again! And Tommy is not Pete.
Sampras, with the skill set he showed, could be a great player if he honed his game, not for the faster conditions of the 90's, but for the current conditions (altough only marginally better on clay). Maybe not as good as peak Fed, peak Nadal or peak Djoko, but certainly nearly as good as this guy in their prime.
We have Tipsarevic and Gasquet in the top 10. What a depth.