WTF how can even someone compare Chang to Djokovic or Nadal with a straight face?
Well, reality eventually begins to sink in & drives them insane! If it's all about the numbers, Roger doesn't have a leg to stand on with 2 rivals that overtook his records early while still playing! Sampras at least got 8.5 years of being the retired GOAT before Fed took over in '09! Pete probably should have won a few more majors, but at the time, it was a milestone few had come close to in the Open Era! I never thought we'd get one to "get there," but 3 have smashed Pete's record of 14!Fed fans are happy to take the high ground of graciousness and class until you suggest someone is a better player than RF, or even if you suggest someone is better in an important area of the game.
Why do they need to be on the same level as Nadal and Djokovic to be considered rivals?
Because only then can Sampras and Federer be compared mentally.Why do they need to be on the same level as Nadal and Djokovic to be considered rivals?
Sampras never beat hom at slam level so he didn't have to deal with him.He's the only player to have beaten a prime level Sampras in back to back slams.
Fair points, but I think people easily dismiss the fact that Fed is 5-6 years older than his main rivals. Historically, once the younger legend reaches his peak, the older guys struggle to beat the younger ones which is only natural. Federer being significantly older but did as well as he did against Djokodal is such a clear proof how mentally strong he is. People will finally see and get this once Alcaraz start dominating Djokodal.Peak for Peak there never was any doubt on Roger's level as far W and USO are concerned, however in AUS and FO his level peak for peak is below Novak's and Rafa's (obviously) respectively.
Yet Roger lost the slams race despite being better at 2 slams, because he choked some slams which belonged to him. All he had to do was clutch those wimbledons which he lost and perhaps take a USO title in 2010s, rest was set, at 25 slams he would have ended the winner.
8-6, with Stefan taking away 2 potential slams from Pete says otherwise.