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Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

Very interesting thanks for this. Its pretty much exactly what i expected him to say. Go to the net more and put doubt in Rafa's mind. It annoys me that Roger hasnt seen this, he seems so dumb when playing Rafa. He seems to be out of his comfort zone. The answer to beating Rafa is to take Rafa out of his comfort zone which means coming to the net more.
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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

It's just sad that everybody knows what Roger has to do to beat Mugboar except Roger himself.
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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

Good interview.

Pete speaks the truth. I also like the way he gave some love to Rafa.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

It is easy to know what to do, it is easy to say too, but it is much more difficult to put it into practise; and sometimes when you put it into practice Nadal answers this way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-lvdvrw5yA
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Pete is great.

Shame Fed is too arrogant to listen to anyone!

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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

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It's just sad that everybody knows what Roger has to do to beat Mugboar except Roger himself.
Federer is as much as experiences as anybody about tennis,

and he is the one who has played against Nadal.

Last but far from being least, he knows his game.

Sampras may know how HE would play against Nadal (anyway he would have no other choice than going to the net considering his poor backhand),

but Federer knows better than Sampras how HE has to play.

The ones who are arrogant are the fans who think they know Federer's and Nadal's tennis better than Federer himself.

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Federer is as much as experiences as anybody about tennis,

and he is the one who has played against Nadal.

Last but far from being least, he knows his game.

Sampras may know how HE would play against Nadal (anyway he would have no other choice than going to the net considering his poor backhand),

but Federer knows better than Sampras how HE has to play.

The ones who are arrogant are the fans who think they know Federer's and Nadal's tennis better than Federer himself.

I don't consider myself arrogant. I just don't like seeing Roger so frustrated. Apparently, whatever he is doing isn't working for him right now, so we fans--I'm a long-time fan of Roger's among others--are just giving our opinion as pointless as it might be. Besides, Pete didn't say for Roger to change his game completely: he just said to made mix it up a bit more. Pete even admitted Roger is just losing a few games, but those few games have been enough for Rafa to win some grand slam tournaments at Roger's expense.

As far as the AO, at least Pete gave Rafa some credit, saying that Rafa could play at a very high level for an extended period of time. In fact, it appeared to me Pete said there just wasn't a lot Roger could do differently because Rafa was just an "animal." At one point, a person has to give the Rafa credit for something, and that's exactly what Pete did.

So, I don't think anybody is being arrogant at all. To me, Pete really respects BOTH Roger and Rafa, and said as much. He's just giving some suggestions, but also implied maybe this has just been Rafa's time, and there ain't a whole lot Roger has been able to do about it, but weather the storm, regroup and try again.

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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

Tennis match is won by your mind. Federer can play like he wants, to the net or rallying, but he has to believe and fight for every point. This is how you win.
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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

IMO that was a bit of a silly comment by Pete. Try to mix it up a little, S&V etc...

Yeah how can that be achieved when the first serve is just 51% throughout the match?

The serve let him down, plain and simple.

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Tennis match is won by your mind. Federer can play like he wants, to the net or rallying, but he has to believe and fight for every point. This is how you win.
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IMO that was a bit of a silly comment by Pete. Try to mix it up a little, S&V etc...

Yeah how can that be achieved when the first serve is just 51% throughout the match?

The serve let him down, plain and simple.
Even at 51% 1st serve, you can still come in behind a good one occasionally, no?
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I don't consider myself arrogant. I just don't like seeing Roger so frustrated. Apparently, whatever he is doing isn't working for him right now, so we fans--I'm a long-time fan of Roger's among others--are just giving our opinion as pointless as it might be. Besides, Pete didn't say for Roger to change his game completely: he just said to made mix it up a bit more. Pete even admitted Roger is just losing a few games, but those few games have been enough for Rafa to win some grand slam tournaments at Roger's expense.

As far as the AO, at least Pete gave Rafa some credit, saying that Rafa could play at a very high level for an extended period of time. In fact, it appeared to me Pete said there just wasn't a lot Roger could do differently because Rafa was just an "animal." At one point, a person has to give the Rafa credit for something, and that's exactly what Pete did.

So, I don't think anybody is being arrogant at all. To me, Pete really respects BOTH Roger and Rafa, and said as much. He's just giving some suggestions, but also implied maybe this has just been Rafa's time, and there ain't a whole lot Roger has been able to do about it, but weather the storm, regroup and try again.
I didn't say that Sampras was arrogant, his tone is always quite reasonable comparing to others.
He gives his opinion, he says Federer should serve and volley,
and I remember Borg said that Nadal was beatable from the baseline.

Well ...

I just said many of the fans are arrogant, saying that "everybody knows what Federer should do except him" or that "he's just stupid stubborn arrogant".

Thinking they know better than Federer what he should do
... of thinking that Federer just doesn't WANT to win or wants to win with the same style as Nadal because he's arrogant and stubborn,
which is the silliest thing I've heard :
maybe their first meetings but since then I don't think Federer likes always losing to Nadal and didn't use his intelligence.

Some speak of arrogance,
others speak of mental,

but basically the fact is that Nadal is a bad match-up to Federer and is as good on quick surfaces and far far better on clay.

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Even at 51% 1st serve, you can still come in behind a good one occasionally, no?
Don't you think you underestimate an in-form Nadal ?

OF course, if Federer had Sampras's serve and volley, no doubt he should do it.

But he hasn't (he has some other qualities but he isn't Mr Cameleon)

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Re: Pete Sampras on Roger Federer

All Federror has to change is his mental attitude. He looks like he wents himself everytime he sees Nadal on the other side of the net. There is no point giving out advice, simply because Federer knows his game, he knows what is possible to change and what isn't. Besides things like this against a beast like Rafa are easier said than done, no?
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