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Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

Just wondering what everyone thought...
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

Sampras had the better serve, by itself. Federer's serve is better at setting up the rest of his game, not always getting the winner. Although lately Federer's ace numbers have been insane...

I think both had/have serves that complement their respective games.

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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

I think that Sampras's actually serve was certainly better. As far as who's the better service-game player, we would need to see a stat for % of service games help, preferably not counting any matches for either player in tournaments they played before winning their first Slam. I would think Sampras would still be tops.


Federer's return game is better, of course, but I know that wasn't your question.
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

Sampras' serve was better no matter what way you choose to look at it.

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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

You can't compare anyone to Sampras when it comes to serve.
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

though im not saying people are doing it now, but what i hope is people don't super over rate sampras's serve in the future. Sampras was a gutzy player, always going for the the second serve ace as well so it's a little bit different. But i'd still say Sampras's is better though.

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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

Overrate what? Sampras had not only a reliably strong serve but also unequalled placement.
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

Rhetorical question, surely. Sampras was a natural serve and volley player. He had/s the GOAT serve
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

I'm pretty sure this is one debate that doesn't need dwelling upon.

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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

I don't know....I think Hewitt and Safin might have served better than him in 2000 and 2001. Plus if Roger and Nadal were around he wouldn't be able to hit so many aces.

His serve is definitely overrated.
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

sampras hands down...

he had the intimidation factor... i remember that when he breaks a player, we all think that the set is over since he holds serve so damn well...
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Re: Who is/was the better server? Sampras or Federer

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I don't know....I think Hewitt and Safin might have served better than him in 2000 and 2001. Plus if Roger and Nadal were around he wouldn't be able to hit so many aces.

His serve is definitely overrated.
Where did you get Hewitt from...haha. Hewitt always had that weak kick serve due to his height. I think that was also one of Agassi's downfall in the grand scheme of things...his lack of height..he never had a good serve. Its no coincidence that Sampras and Federer are both 6'1"..that seems to be the ideal height in tennis
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Where did you get Hewitt from...haha. Hewitt always had that weak kick serve due to his height. I think that was also one of Agassi's downfall in the grand scheme of things...his lack of height..he never had a good serve. Its no coincidence that Sampras and Federer are both 6'1"..that seems to be the ideal height in tennis
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