Wimbledon Dream Match: Pete Sampras vs Novak Djokovic

Sampras vs Djokovic

  • Sampras in 3

    Votes: 10 23.8%
  • Djokovic in 3

    Votes: 2 4.8%
  • Sampras in 4

    Votes: 17 40.5%
  • Djokovic in 4

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • Sampras in 5

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • Djokovic in 5

    Votes: 5 11.9%

  • Total voters
    42

lud

Hall of Fame
Both players at their peakest peak.
Let's say court is mix between 70s,90s,10s grass.

Who wins this.
Pete's brutal serves and volleys vs Novak's crazy returns and passing shots.

 

Crazy Finn

Professional
How can it be a mix of different grasses? Are you trying to construct some crazy court like the clay/grass court that Fed and Rafa played on?

It's either fast and low or it's slow and relatively (for grass) bouncy.
 

6august

Hall of Fame
When it comes to grass, Pete is my choice over everyone else, even he has to play an opponent with Fedr serve & forehand & footwork & volley + Djoko return & backhand & mental.

He's the one I pick to play for my life after Dal on clay.

Sorry Djoko fans.
 

Eren

Professional
Someone has to ask it, so I'll be the one. How did you make that picture :)

Edit: picture is outdated so probably copied...
 

alexio

Hall of Fame
Someone has to ask it, so I'll be the one. How did you make that picture :)

Edit: picture is outdated so probably copied...
great observation, anyway, i guess it's not so difficult to make this elementary picture, especially for ones who know the basics of graphic design quite well
 

Eren

Professional
great observation, anyway, i guess it's not so difficult to make this elementary picture, especially for ones who know the basics of graphic design quite well
I don't even know the basics lol. So I wouldn't know where to start. Not a creative type in that regard.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
The interesting part of the match-up for me is how much Pete remains committed to coming into the net. Is he going to back off when he starts getting passed in a way he's never seen before, or does he double down and go out on his own terms? (the more likely situation I'd guess). Even at the peak of Roger's Fedberg-ness in 2014-15, we saw how gun shy he could be come once faced with a guy who could return & pass like Novak. The early tournament aggression would slowly roll back once ever ball started getting returned with interest. Obviously peak Sampras ain't exactly 33-34 year old, mentally frail Federer, but the concept still applies. Although if the court is sped up a little bit like OP implies, he might be okay.

Because with all due respect to Pete's ground game (which can be underrated by many), I don't think it's unfair to say that it's quite inferior to Novak's and he will lose the match if it turns into a backcourt battle.
 

alexio

Hall of Fame
It's ok, we prefer real matches... Imaginary titles and wins are not our cup of tea... ;)
when you will find a real match between them anytime in the history of this beautiful game that took place, call me, please
 
Both players at their peakest peak.
Let's say court is mix between 70s,90s,10s grass.

Who wins this.
Pete's brutal serves and volleys vs Novak's crazy returns and passing shots.

Sweet graphic!
I would say Pete in 4 sets. All things being equal, it seems a good serve/volley player usually beats a good returner/groundstroker. Sampras won 60% of his matches against Agassi.

Unfortunately for me, I'm not much of a S/V player, but hopefully that will change!
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Sweet graphic!
I would say Pete in 4 sets. All things being equal, it seems a good serve/volley player usually beats a good returner/groundstroker. Sampras won 60% of his matches against Agassi.

Unfortunately for me, I'm not much of a S/V player, but hopefully that will change!
Djokovic moves much better than Agassi. He has more range on the return so he would get more serves in play than Agassi ever could.
 

beard

Hall of Fame
Well Pete has seven real Wimbledon wins compared to Novak's five so this situation should benefit his fans more.
when you will find a real match between them anytime in the history of this beautiful game that took place, call me, please
I know, you are right, but poster I quoted apologized to Novak fans because he gives fantasy win to Sampras... I said I forgive him and said it's ok...

You think I should apologize to Claudia Shiefer? I had a dream involving her, and some nasty stuff happened?

And it's really ok, Novak fans are above imagined rivalries, maybe because Novak is part of two best rivalries ever and he is winning both...
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
This is totally where we're gonna make a thread full of interesting discussion and open minds.
If you restricted the thread to people who actually saw Pete play, there'd be 3 people chiming in and all would vote for Sampras. The rest will blindly vote for Djokovic because it's what they do.

Anyway, on old grass, Pete in 4.

On the slow grass now, Pete in 4.

There's no comparison between them in grass court prowess despite Djokovic's astounding 5 Wimbledon trophies, considering he's a complete baseliner.
 

JCF

Rookie
Depends on the surface and balls !

1990s Wimbledon , Sampras in 3
Wimbledon now - Djokovic in 3.


//end thread
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
This isn't fair to Novak, it would be like putting Lendl against Nadal on clay. Sure, Lendl is a great claycourter, but he can't compare to the Clay GOAT. Ditto with Nole.

A fairer matchup, a true dream matchup would be to see these two on a medium hard court. I'd say the Rebound Ace of Australia of the 90s. That would be some great stuff.
 
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Deleted member 744633

Guest
Depends on stage of the tournament.

Semi-finals- Djokovic over Sampras in 5 sets

Finals- Sampras over Djokovic in straight sets. Sampras just does not lose a Wimbledon final. 7-0!
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
Djokovic moves much better than Agassi. He has more range on the return so he would get more serves in play than Agassi ever could.
Also much less aggressive as a ball striker, and returner of second serves which will give Pete more time to anticipate volleys at net. Overall, the more balanced style of Nole isn't an asset on grass. Hard though, that would be epic
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
Sweet graphic!
I would say Pete in 4 sets. All things being equal, it seems a good serve/volley player usually beats a good returner/groundstroker. Sampras won 60% of his matches against Agassi.

Unfortunately for me, I'm not much of a S/V player, but hopefully that will change!
Serve and volley is very, very hard to "become" late in your development as a player, mostly because instincts at net have to be learned at a young age and reinforced by hundreds of hours of practice.

BUT becoming an allcourter who finishes points at net...that's another question entirely!
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
A fairer matchup, a true dream matchup would be to see these two on a medium hard court. I'd say the Rebound Ace of Australia of the 90s. That would be some great stuff.
Novak deserves about as much respect on a medium hard court as Sampras does on fast grass.

You shouldn't argue that one wouldn't even be competitive but the other is an even match-up.
 

jussumman

Hall of Fame
(Prime) Pistol beats anyone at SW19 so the answer is obvious.

Also....



I know this may be the fanboy in moi talking but that's really the only tennis image that has filled me with awe. Here Pete seems to be soaring to the heavens... and then BAM!

Talk about finishing a point. Monfils and Sampras with the slam dunks
 
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PETEhammer

Guest
Novak deserves about as much respect on a medium hard court as Sampras does on fast grass.

You shouldn't argue that one wouldn't even be competitive but the other is an even match-up.
Novak's slams in Australia/New York came on slow to medium-slow hard, whereas Pete won 2 slams on actual medium hards, so I think I'm being more than fair suggesting it would be a tight matchup.
 
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