Will Nadal surpass Sampras' slam count....

#12
Yes, I am, I endured 2 months of clay season in order to get to grass season. Now I have to continue to hear about the aftermath.
That's cuz no one cares about grass anymore. It's not a real slam. ;)


I loved watching Sampras play. He was my favorite in those years. His winning that last USOpen by a hair was high drama! I never dreamed his 14 would be eclipsed so quickly - and by 3 different players! What a great era to be a fan.
 

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#14
That's cuz no one cares about grass anymore. It's not a real slam. ;)


I loved watching Sampras play. He was my favorite in those years. His winning that last USOpen by a hair was high drama! I never dreamed his 14 would be eclipsed so quickly - and by 3 different players! What a great era to be a fan.
Goodbye Cupcake, you've been a loser from the start.

Ignored.
 
#19
14 slams in by playing an attacking all court brand of tennis or 18 slams by being a moonballing grinder?
In that era Sampras was my absolute favorite player. I saw every match that was televised as well as saw him in person at three events - IW, Wimbledon (sampras v Philopoussis, center court - as exciting as it gets), and some senior thing. But the fact is he came close but couldnt ever win the French. In the end they don't ask 'how did you win', they just ask 'who won?'.....
 
#20
That's cuz no one cares about grass anymore. It's not a real slam. ;)


I loved watching Sampras play. He was my favorite in those years. His winning that last USOpen by a hair was high drama! I never dreamed his 14 would be eclipsed so quickly - and by 3 different players! What a great era to be a fan.
Yeah I started watching tennis around 05 so I didn't see those days. I wish I had. For me I really hope after the big 3 we find some more of that.
 
#22
Yeah I started watching tennis around 05 so I didn't see those days. I wish I had. For me I really hope after the big 3 we find some more of that.
I've been watching tennis mostly likely before you were born. (do you want to trade places?) I've been avidly watching and playing for over 45 years. And in my opinion, the best tennis is right now. The elegance of Federer, the agility of Djokovic, the athleticism of Nadal, the backhand of Wawrinka, the del Potro forehand... and that isnt even mentioning Murray and his successes.

Tennis players of today have better equipment - not only rackets, shoes, but technical/computer support to further hone their games. There are academies as well. And physios and medical treatments, improved surgeries to get players back, better, faster. Ice baths and better training regimes. It is said Lendl was the first player who gained an edge by being in good shape. McEnroe 'trained' by playing doubles. They have easier travel today too. And roof-covered majors - soon to be 4- for less uncertainty.

There are also more, better players from around the world. 'Back then' there mainly were the Aussies, Americans, and eventually Becker and ... (the other German guy)(Stchick - or however he spells it). A Spaniard or two who stuck with clay. There were few if any players from former Iron Curtain countries. Then that fell. Martina had to literally defect, for example. Then when things opened up further, we got Kafelnikof and Safin. And today we have even more, with Djoko at the head of the list. And now we're getting more players from the Orient too.

It's a much better time in tennis now. It's definitely more polished and with greater prize money. But a weaker era? I don't think so. Enjoy who we have now in Fed, Nad, and Djoko and the others - we might never be so lucky again. Every single one of them.
 
#23
14 slams in the strongest era or 18 slams in the weakest era?

14 slams on slow medium and fast courts or 18 slams on super slow courts only?

14 slams in by playing an attacking all court brand of tennis or 18 slams by being a moonballing grinder?
Yeah like winning the career grand slam. Oh wait has sampras ever reached the rg final or am I dreaming he has a all court game. His level on clay was abysmal for an ATG.
 
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