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"Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

In an interview with Texas Monthly about his exhos with Roger (found this on Samprasfanz):

"So is there anyone else aside from Federer you'd like to go up against?

Rafael Nadal is right behind Roger. I love his attitude, and he's a great competitor. And he's the one guy who actually believes he can beat Roger. A lot of these guys go out there against Roger and are resigned to the fact of not beating him. But Nadal's got a great competitive drive—he works hard, he's fast, and he's a great athlete. He's a modern-day Borg—he really is that good. At Wimbledon this year he played seven days in a row—even on grass, which isn't his best surface—and didn't complain about it. And I admire that".


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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

Yes indeed he is...
Without the class but with the ASS
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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

well he does pull his shorts and pump his fists on the court, but overall Rafa seems like a very classy guy.
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Nice to see Sampras respecting Nadal, despite the obvious stylistic differences.

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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

As much as I love Sampras, I think it's a bit of a stretch to compare the two, at least right now. I agree about Nadal's competitive spirit and self-belief, but up until Nadal actually WINS Wimby, I'm not prepared to put those two in the same category just yet.
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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

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In an interview with Texas Monthly about his exhos with Roger (found this on Samprasfanz):

"So is there anyone else aside from Federer you'd like to go up against?

Rafael Nadal is right behind Roger. I love his attitude, and he's a great competitor. And he's the one guy who actually believes he can beat Roger. A lot of these guys go out there against Roger and are resigned to the fact of not beating him. But Nadal's got a great competitive drive—he works hard, he's fast, and he's a great athlete. He's a modern-day Borg—he really is that good. At Wimbledon this year he played seven days in a row—even on grass, which isn't his best surface—and didn't complain about it. And I admire that".


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Hmm.

He didn't complain about having to play seven days in a row at Wimbledon? Um, he totally did.

I agree with the rest.
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As much as I love Sampras, I think it's a bit of a stretch to compare the two, at least right now.
I think Sampras is probably referring to his athleticism and stamina, which is fair enough.
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Hmm.

He didn't complain about having to play seven days in a row at Wimbledon? Um, he totally did.
Right, and if I remember corectly, Federer is actualy the one who didn't complain - about the slow, high-bouncing court. He said that courts are "perfect"...

As for the Borg comparison it's a bit silly since Borg was so restrained on court

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I think Sampras is probably referring to his athleticism and stamina, which is fair enough.
Maybe it doesn't translate over the net- I took it literally to mean "at present, as good as Borg." Putting it that way then, it makes sense.

Okay Pete, I agree.
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And he's the one guy who actually believes he can beat Roger. A lot of these guys go out there against Roger and are resigned to the fact of not beating him.
This is really why he likes Nadal.

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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

He is not the first.

McEnroe has also referred to Nadal as a modern day version of Borg; albeit a left handed version.

There are many similarities: speed about the court, movement and balance on court, match fitness, use of top spin, solid defense, best on clay courts and weakest on hard courts, neither enjoyed playing big servers.

Differences: Borg managed emotionally better on court, Borg suffered fewer injuries.

Each totally dominated clay, but Borg until McEnroe never faced a player of the Federer level on grass.
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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

I think its a pretty fair comparison. Nadal certainly hasn't the accomplishments of Borg just yet (or probably ever for that matter), but stylistically, I don't think Pete's too far off the mark.
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I think its a pretty fair comparison. Nadal certainly hasn't the accomplishments of Borg just yet (or probably ever for that matter), but stylistically, I don't think Pete's too far off the mark.
So good to see you, Muz.

None of this is taking into account that there is a faction of us who might be a wee bit biased when discussing The Borg...
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Keep it in your pants.
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Re: "Nadal is a modern day Borg" - Sampras

For those of you old enough to have followed Borg, is it true that he had a resting heart rate of 36 beats per minute, and had olympic standard sprinting times?
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