Is Djokovic more like Sampras or Agassi?

Is Novak more like Pete or Andre?

  • Sampras

    Votes: 9 16.7%
  • Agassi

    Votes: 45 83.3%

  • Total voters
    54

SamprasisGOAT

Professional
Me being a huge huge huge Sampras fan, I’ve always supported Federer since Pete finished in 2002 and I always saw Djokovic with his double hander and great return as more of an agassi type player. Also Djokovic used to be mentally weak like agassi was. But these last 2 years I’ve started to change my opinion on Djokovic.

Djokovic now is very similar to sampras. More than Federer is In fact. novak has changed these last 5 years. In every department he’s moved more similar to Pete.

Djokovic now has possibly the best serve on the planet. Definitely in the top 3.
His forehand is very similar to Pete. Hit quite flat and it ends points.

His consistency and focus are Sampras like.
But the main thing that stands out is mental strength. Too peas in a pod! Sampras for me has the greatest mental strength ever but closely followed by Novak. So clutch it’s unbelievable. Like Pete use to be.
Then there is style of play. I remember seeing a stat on tv at Wimbledon 2019.

And it proves that Djokovic now really does attack the net and is an all court player. Not just a baseliner and defending all the time.

I actually think if Sampras would have been playing these days he’d have played the same as Djokovic. Pete did have a double hander and was a baseliner in his teenage years.

but I think the reason Djokovic is more like Sampras than Agassi is here on these videos





those videos speak for themselves.

djokovic can not be more respectful to Pete.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
His second serve is like Pete, his return more like Agassi!!

Maybe Djokovic's 15-40 performance in Pete's living room last year was in honour of the great man?
 

Druss

Hall of Fame
A better version of Agassi, IMO, though their backhands and ROS are on par, everywhere else, Djoker is better.
 

Booger

Hall of Fame
Totally different. Pete and Andre were both offensive players. Djokovic is strictly defense.

I guess you can say Djokovic is probably the only guy with a return as good or better than Agassi, though.
 

Courierfh

Rookie
A better version of Agassi, IMO, though their backhands and ROS are on par, everywhere else, Djoker is better.
Ive always felt Djokovic was Agassi like, Nadal courier like (why i like Nadal), and federer sampras like.

Nadal is kind of adding Majors to his resume i am sort of pretending some are what Courier could have had. Courier not beating Sampras at AO 1995 qf still kills me as i feel he would have beat Agassi in final and how he lost to Bruguera at FO in 1993 and 1994 bugs me.

Similarly Djokovic is perhaps showing Agassi what he could have done had he not spent years worrying about his wig.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Definitely Agassi. Both had an amazing ROS, two-handed backhands, beasts from the baseline, hard courts were their bread and butter, were known to take the ball on the rise, and only came to the net to shake hands. Novak is clearly a better player than Agassi though, and I say this as a massive AA fan. Novak is far more consistent than AA was, has a much better serve, and is miles better defensively/athletically. Not to mention the mental game where Novak is far better there as well.

There really isn't anyone like Sampras these days. His style of game is already considered old-school.
 
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Neither. Djokovic is Djokovic. He started out as an aggressive baseliner like Agassi. But his accomplishments and mental strength is like Sampras. In the 90s, many considered Sampras as boring with his serve and volley and winning all the time. He was shy so didn't get any media traction. Maybe Nole is similar in that regard. But Sampras was a different beast. He will serve second serve aces on breakpoint :laughing: He has that much confidence in his own serve that made him lethal.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Agassi by far. Djokovic has no similarity to Sampras whatsoever in game style. Literally nothing. The only thing they share is extreme mental strength. It's weird to compare a total baseliner with a poor volley and a two handed backhand to Sampras who was purely a serve and volley player who relied on this serve and came in relentlessly. Oh -- Pete has the GOAT smash, Djokovic's smash is the worst of any of the ATG's. A minor point, but worth noting.

Compare Djokovic to Agassi, never to Pete.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Your claim that Djokovic was mentally weak like Agassi at a young age is very flawed. He was NOT mentally weak the way Agassi was 1987-1992.

Djokovic was strong mentally for his age, just not experienced yet 2007-2010 to regularly beat RF and Rafa.

Your comparison is way off... Agassi hated tennis, tanked often, skipped slams... was unprofessional early on.
 

ibbi

Legend
He's clearly and obviously more like Agassi. He's very much like Agassi. The fact that he's improved his serve out of all sight and in recent times gone more to net to try and be more aggressive doesn't mean he's like Sampras. Those are adjustments he's made to get away from his more natural, more Agassi like game in order to increase longevity.

Also, the at net thing is something he only really does when he's massively confident, relatively in command, and feeling free. Compare the stat you highlighted from the semi final to the final, where in essentially 6 sets of tennis as opposed to 4, he played considerably fewer net points, and had a lower percentage of success. It's not natural to him, and he's not going to turn to it again and again when his back is against the wall in the way that Sampras would do. Agassi could get to net to if he needed to, certainly for a good old drive volley, and like Novak he also got better at it as he got older.
 

King No1e

Legend
Djokovic has Sampras's athleticism (more than that, in fact) combined with Agassi's playing style.
Although they exhibit their athleticism in different ways - Sampras with jumping smashes and sprints to the net, Djokovic with side-to-side sprints, insane flexibility, and sliding into his shots.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
His serve is solid and reliable but certainly not the best... Also his volleying is not that great.

Djokovic' playing style is more similar to Agassi's, even though he idolized Sampras. He said that himself.
 

Zara

Legend
As much as I love Djokovic, he’s not a true grass court player; therefore, one cannot compare him to Sampras.

Oh somehow I thought it was about the grass. Even so, he’s far more on Agassi’s side than Sampras’ gamewise.

Sampras was the most clutch I have ever seen. Nole comes very close but he needs certain circumstances whereas I felt Sampras was clutch under any circumstances.
 
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