Sampras has his say on Murray, Federer and Nadal
Just a quick post from me today, but I wanted to make everyone aware of the comments made by Pete Sampras earlier this week. The tennis legend has cast an eye over the current crop of male tennis stars over the last couple of years and has some interesting opinions on them. I'd like your views on them as well if possible.
Sampras on Murray
For me, Sampras' views on Andy Murray are the most significant. Everyone knows about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's credentials, but what of the Scotsman who is yet to win a major title?
"He is one notch below Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He's right on the edge of breaking through and winning a major. He's got the game. He'll do it, I really believe that. He's the real deal."
These words will come as a huge boost for Murray. Imagine being told that you are the 'real deal' by someone who has achieved as much as Sampras. The American did have some words of advice for the 21-year-old though.
"He needs a bit more self-belief and confidence that he can win a major. Watching the US Open, I could sense that he didn't really believe he could win that match. But he's right there ready to break through."
Sampras on Federer
Sampras then had his say on the current World number two who lost his number one ranking earlier this year after a long stint at the top.
"There's a lot left in him. I think he'd like to get back to number one and he's looking forward to breaking my record soon. He can win as many Wimbledon titles as he wants - he's got the game.
"He's a credit to the game, he's a friend and there's nothing I can do about it (breaking Sampras' record) apart from sit back and watch him do it and respect it."
Sampras on Nadal
Finally, Sampras expressed concerns over the current number one's fatigue going into next year as he looks to cement his place on top of the world rankings.
"It will be interesting to see what happens with Nadal next year. The amount of work he has to do to stay on top and stay healthy... I think that's where Roger has a bit of an advantage because he it takes a lot less energy for him to stay on top than Nadal."
"Rafa puts so much effort into each point that eventually something will break."
I found this interview really fascinating and I'm pretty sure that you all will too. What do you make of Sampras' views? Can Murray win a major in 2009? Will Federer reclaim the number one spot? Will Nadal suffer with severe tiredness in the coming months?
Let me know your thoughts.