Originally Posted by In_Disguise
The Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang era in the nineties, and the McEnroe, Lendl, Becker era in the 80s were both much more competitive than today's. Even when Sampras was dominating, he was only winning 5 or 6 tournaments a year on average - there were so many great players in both those generations, so made the game much more appealing than today's!
Sampras peaked in 1994, when he won 10 tournaments. And he actually lost more to relative journeymen than his peers. Sampras actually suffered from lack of consistent rivals, much like Fed - Courier faded after 1993, and Agassi was consistently threat to Sampras only in 94-95.