Sampras beat Safin, Hewitt, Peaking Agassi, Rafter from 2000-2001 Then later beat Roddick and Agassi in 2002. . I think Pete would do just fine against Novak at the USO. LOL. Novak has lost to his share of bums at the USO and underachieved by a large at Flushing for being so great on HC's if were being truthful about it.Longevity costed Sampras. Sampras retired after his age 31 season. This is like Federer retiring after 2012.
Fed’s return of serve was much better than Sampras’. I think that this is the biggest difference. Pete’s superior serving and net game offsets Fed’s slight edge in movement and forehand. But the ROS is where Fed pulls ahead.
29-30 year old Sampras got blown out in straight sets in back-to-back USO tourneys. 29-30 year old Fed was pushing a hard court legend to 5 sets.
Longevity and ROS.
And of course, Fed was substantially better on clay than Pete was. Pete’s best result at RG was the 3rd round for 6 straight years(and 7 out of 8 years). Pete only had 3 matches against players in the top 10 at RG(1-2 record).
It wouldn't be a blow out or anything but Djokovic hasn't really face anyone with the firepower of Pete who could him back on his toes with relentless big serving and chip and charging or bomb FHs.
Djokovic has a greater career but its all about matchups. I mean look at the matchup issue Roddick presented to Djokovic. Roddick!!!