I miss this rivalry much more than Nadal/ Federer

myservenow

Semi-Pro
I don't miss it at all. I was a huge Agassi fan and had my heart broken more times than I care to remember. Pistol Pete always, always brought it at the right time in the biggest matches. Agassi picked off a few here and there, but not enough of the time.

Back then I hated Pete Sampras with an irrational passion. Hated him. No reason other than I was an Agassi fan.

Now that time has passed I've come to enjoy watching Pete Sampras's old matches. His style was something else and just amazing to watch. I would really like to see what the Pistol could do to the guys of today's game with that serve and volley.
 

LovEnPeaCe

New User
Yea, I'm 22 but I loved and still love Pete. He's still one of my most fav. players of all time, second only to Fed.
Agassi was fun to watch esp. since he stayed on the tour a bit longer.
 

scotus

G.O.A.T.
I don't miss it at all. I was a huge Agassi fan and had my heart broken more times than I care to remember. Pistol Pete always, always brought it at the right time in the biggest matches. Agassi picked off a few here and there, but not enough of the time.

Back then I hated Pete Sampras with an irrational passion. Hated him. No reason other than I was an Agassi fan.

Now that time has passed I've come to enjoy watching Pete Sampras's old matches. His style was something else and just amazing to watch. I would really like to see what the Pistol could do to the guys of today's game with that serve and volley.
Same here. I always cheered for Andre when he played against Pete.

But since Pete's retirement, I have developed a deep sense of appreciation for Pete's game and athleticism.

Andre has been doing some real good in his community but rubs me the wrong way when his immaturity manifests itself from time to time.

Pete is a great champion and a very classy one.
 

Netzroller

Semi-Pro
Same here. I always cheered for Andre when he played against Pete.

But since Pete's retirement, I have developed a deep sense of appreciation for Pete's game and athleticism.
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Pete is a great champion and a very classy one.
Wonder if the same gonna happen to some Federer fans as well, once Nadal retires;)
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
I feel the same way about fed & nadal as some of the agassi fans here. Nadal gets to fed mentally. You can see it in his shot selections, his demeanor on court and the way his reliable strokes break down against Nadal.
here is nice highlight of agassi & fed. Good power tennis. If Fed played against Nadal like he plays against agassi in this clip, nadal would be leaving the court the loser.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpflSU_Yvps&feature=related
 
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roundiesee

Hall of Fame
What gets me is that Pete and Roger are probably even in terms of talent, but you can see that Pete was always ready to play aggressively to get the win and refuse to let his rival get the better of him. What I would give to see the same "fire" in Fed's eyes (you can clearly see that fire in Pete's expression when he plays Andre), but I am almost always gutted by his mild demeanor when he is playing Nadal :(
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
It was always a great joy to watch Sampras--with his superior game--pick apart Agassi. Even more fun that that was when Agassi had no answers, and you could see the frustration...and resignation on his face. Classic stuff!
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
As an Agassi fan....I was gutted many times watching Sampras maulder my Idol as a kid! It was tough as small kid to accept seeing someone you don't like win. Now I can appreciate it and seeing the Fedal rivalry....I am allright with Nadal's wins. Sampras-Agassi....brings back embarassing crying moments.
 

basil J

Hall of Fame
You can see the resolve in Fed's face against agaasi as if he felt that there was no way he was going to lose to him. I wish I would see that same stone cold demeanor against rafa, like at the year end finals in England last November. Hitting through his shots, taking the ball on the rise and going right at his opponent.
 
You can see the resolve in Fed's face against agaasi as if he felt that there was no way he was going to lose to him. I wish I would see that same stone cold demeanor against rafa, like at the year end finals in England last November. Hitting through his shots, taking the ball on the rise and going right at his opponent.
Well...this is what I was writing about Fed way way back in his dominant mid 2000's....before the Nadal threat emerged. I wrote that Fed might be the best player I've ever seen....but that:
1.would like to see him rounding out his game more...taking the chance to do so while he's so dominant
2.his true character as a champion won't be known until a legit, truly formidable rival appears

To toot my own horn, that's what we've now seen. I wrote early on in the rivalry that I wasn't too impressed by Fed's response at all....,now everyone is saying it. It's one of the reasons I downgraded Federer more than I ever thought I would, and why I questioned a few years ago (and got flamed of course by the fanboys), whether Fed would even do well against say a Boris Becker. Fed has twice the talent of Becker....but mentally there's no comparison....even though Becker could be flakey at times, and lose to journeymen...he got up the highest, and toughest, against his biggest opponents! (with the exception of few whiny big matches!!) But even against players like Sampras and Agassi....when Becker was aging....Becker still believed.

Fed never developed his spinal support muscles....due to lack of a true rival....that vacuum allowed him to sweep title after title....but it also made him used to doing whatever he wants...and when he can't....he's capable of wilting more than any multiple slam champ I can think of....let alone the one with the MOST!
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
Well...this is what I was writing about Fed way way back in his dominant mid 2000's....before the Nadal threat emerged. I wrote that Fed might be the best player I've ever seen....but that:
1.would like to see him rounding out his game more...taking the chance to do so while he's so dominant
2.his true character as a champion won't be known until a legit, truly formidable rival appears

To toot my own horn, that's what we've now seen. I wrote early on in the rivalry that I wasn't too impressed by Fed's response at all....,now everyone is saying it. It's one of the reasons I downgraded Federer more than I ever thought I would, and why I questioned a few years ago (and got flamed of course by the fanboys), whether Fed would even do well against say a Boris Becker. Fed has twice the talent of Becker....but mentally there's no comparison....even though Becker could be flakey at times, and lose to journeymen...he got up the highest, and toughest, against his biggest opponents! (with the exception of few whiny big matches!!) But even against players like Sampras and Agassi....when Becker was aging....Becker still believed.

Fed never developed his spinal support muscles....due to lack of a true rival....that vacuum allowed him to sweep title after title....but it also made him used to doing whatever he wants...and when he can't....he's capable of wilting more than any multiple slam champ I can think of....let alone the one with the MOST!
Yes, your points are quite valid. Imagine what a Federer (with his talent) who possesses the resolve of a Nadal/Sampras/Becker might have achieved! The thought would send shivers down the most ardent tennis observer! :(
 
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1970CRBase

Guest
Fed/Nad : theirs is not a rivalry anymore. Even Pete/Courier in the early nineties was a far better contest despite the eventual outcome.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
As an Agassi fan....I was gutted many times watching Sampras maulder my Idol as a kid! It was tough as small kid to accept seeing someone you don't like win. Now I can appreciate it and seeing the Fedal rivalry....I am allright with Nadal's wins. Sampras-Agassi....brings back embarassing crying moments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMhFUwNi99c&nofeather=True

There you go. Probably Agassi's most satisfying win over Sampras.
 
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