How has Nadal passed Sampras?

Has Nadal surpassed Sampras?


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Devilito

Hall of Fame
Imagine making your entire career off of the current iteration of the French Open which would hardly qualify as a 250 event in the 90s.
 

Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
Yeah genious 2-1 and 5-4 is same as 13-0. I mean Sampras was worse than ferrer on clay albeit he won 1 rome title but never made the final of FO. His FO record alone makes him out of conversation for any GOAT discussion.BTW nadal will win one of AO or USO to stop these discussions next year. Why am I replying to an obvious troll?
LOL yes, but they'll come up with another stat such as the year end tournament to continue the argument! It never ends.
 

Crazy Finn

Semi-Pro
Imagine making your entire career off of the current iteration of the French Open which would hardly qualify as a 250 event in the 90s.
I was - and am - a big fan of 90's tennis, but .... whatever. Sure, dude.

It's kind of hilarious and amazing to read posts on here from people who look at things in this way:

- Form opinion or ideology
- Make everything fit that opinion
- Belittle, denigrate, demean anything that contradicts or opposes that opinion or ideology
- If necessary, simply lie or ignore
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
I was - and am - a big fan of 90's tennis, but .... whatever. Sure, dude.

It's kind of hilarious and amazing to read posts on here from people who look at things in this way:

- Form opinion or ideology
- Make everything fit that opinion
- Belittle, denigrate, demean anything that contradicts or opposes that opinion or ideology
- If necessary, simply lie or ignore
How many people are going to remember the 2020 French Open tournament? lol. I don't think i remember any of the matches. I remember certain local futures matches more than the 2020 FO.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Many posters on here see it that way.
Is it the case of recency bias or something else?

Total Slams:

Sampras- 14
Nadal- 20

Total Weeks as #1:

Sampras- 286
Nadal- 209 weeks

HUGE difference

Year End #1:

Sampras- 6
Nadal- 5

Time spent at #1 is, and will always be Rafa's shortcoming on his GOAT resume. He won't catch Sampras here.

AO:

Sampras- 2 wins, 1 final
Nadal- 1 win, 3 final

Advantage Sampras


RG:

Sampras- 1 SF
Nadal- 13 wins

Complete wash here, Sampras' lack of performance on clay is one of the only reasons Rafa even has a shot to come close to Pete's achievements.

Wimbledon:

Sampras- 7 wins
Nadal- 2 wins, 3 finals

5 additional championships for Pete at the most prestigious tennis event in the world.


USO:

Sampras- 5 wins, 3 finals
Nadal- 4 win, 1 final

Not even close here

Year End Masters:

Sampras- 5 wins, 1 final
Nadal- 0 wins, 1 final

Another destruction.

Masters 1000:

Sampras- 11 wins, 8 finals
Nadal- 35 wins, 51 finals

Rafa has this trump card, but how much is it worth?

OVERALL:

Bull is the clay GOAT with solid success on other surfaces.

Sampras beats him handily at 3/4 slams the YE#1 / Weeks at #1 and WTFs.
I decided not to click on this thread because i knew it wouldn't be worth it and lo and behold, the comparisons conveniently leave Roland Garros out of the equation. I wonder why. 13:0 doesn't fit in with the OP's narrative. Frankly, I couldn't care less how Rafa compares to Sampras.

 
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Start da Game

Hall of Fame
a more even spread across surfaces, something like below might have actually prompted a lot of posters to claim he is indeed better than sampras........evidently there is a downside to being unbelievably good on a single surface, will be branded a surface specialist no matter how many slams you win on other surfaces.........

roland garros - 8 titles
wimbledon - 2 titles
us open - 4 titles
aus open - 1 title
total - 15 slams

imo there is no definitive way to compare across generations........but if one believes slam count is the measure, then obviously big-3 have all surpassed not just pete but everyone else in history.........
 
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