Where does the Sampras forehand rank?

Heuristic

Hall of Fame
I don't think it got worse. half of his 14 majors were won during the second half of his career. even the last year and a half of his career, when he was struggling, it was his backhand and movement that had deteriorated not his forehand.
He didn't win them due to the FH. He became a S&V bot.
 
Sampras' forehand is definitely Top 5 in the Open Era. The greatest running forehand of all time for sure, but he also was the originator of the "banana" forehand. The only guy who hits the running banana forehand better than Sampras is Nadal.
Becker didi it before Sampras.
 

arvind13

Professional
He didn't win them due to the FH. He became a S&V bot.
BS. please watch his slam performances at US Open 1996, AO 1997, Wimbledon 1999, Wimbledon 2000. In US open 1996, his ground game was the major factor that helped him overcome both corretja and Michael chang. Same in AO 1997 where he had to rely on his ground game and his forehand especially against Costa and Muster, both of whom did not allow him to come to net lot of the points and he was forced to stay back. In both wimbledon 1999 and 2000 finals sampras showed us the total package especially wimbledon 1999 where every part of his game was firing, forehand, backhand, serve and volley. even in US open 2001 which was a losing effort, in the QF against agassi, he largely relied on his groundstrokes to win lot of important points.
 

Heuristic

Hall of Fame
BS. please watch his slam performances at US Open 1996, AO 1997, Wimbledon 1999, Wimbledon 2000. In US open 1996, his ground game was the major factor that helped him overcome both corretja and Michael chang. Same in AO 1997 where he had to rely on his ground game and his forehand especially against Costa and Muster, both of whom did not allow him to come to net lot of the points and he was forced to stay back. In both wimbledon 1999 and 2000 finals sampras showed us the total package especially wimbledon 1999 where every part of his game was firing, forehand, backhand, serve and volley. even in US open 2001 which was a losing effort, in the QF against agassi, he largely relied on his groundstrokes to win lot of important points.
By seond half I mean something like 98-99 onwards, last half is maybe more accurate way of putting it. Please, he was a serve and volleyer at wimbledon every year.
 
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