. In the OE, I would never put Sampras in Tier 2. Maybe all-time, I can see him in Tier 2. Since we seem to be on the verge of disagreement on this one, let me define my questions more clearly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxcSRusVXK0&t=0m38s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxcSRusVXK0&t=3m55s Firstly, any comments on the volleys in the clips I posted above ? Esp. the BH shoe-top pick up ? Now, my questions, assuming that you must have played relatively competitive S & V yourself. 1. Do you agree that the further behind the service-line you are, the harder it is to volley ? 2. Do you agree that it's harder to volley off hard shots that land below your knees ? 3. How about a combination of 1 & 2 ? If your answer to all 3 is 'Yes', then I suggest you reconsider your opinion of Sampras' volleys. Why ? Because Sampras' big serve, though a major weapon, meant that he had to frequently take his volleys much further behind than anybody else before or after him. Secondly, what is your theory for Edberg not doing so well against Courier/Agassi once they came into their prime ? My theory: they returned earlier and harder against his kick serve, forcing him to hit volleys off hard returns from further behind (the same thing that happened to Sampras). And he couldn't cope with them.