I suppose this thread could have gone under the Former Players Discussion, however I think it does tie in to the current tennis scene. I was a huge Sampras fan during his career, however being a bit younger myself, I was never congnizant of his diminishing skills. He was obviously a bit slower when he won his last grand slam title in NY. Now obviously Sampras after his mid 20s began to concentrate almost solely on the grand slams rather than ranking points & master series shields. However, when you watch some of his matches in his late 20s such as the 1999 Wimbledon final vs. Agassi, you realize that physically he was no doubt still the premier athlete in the game. So my question to you all is: when did Sampras lose a step? Do you think his game lent itself to more longevity than Federer's? I personally still think Federer is quite young & can regain his previous form, albiet perhaps on a less consistent basis.