why this thread? Did he get tired of chasing Federer?
Fed seems too far, imo.
My favorite Nadulltard at it again with a good thread. Yes, I think Nadal can chase down Sampy. I have thought for a long time now they are about on the same level when it comes to greatness. I wouldn't be surprised if Nadal wins 14 slams exactly. They are opposites when it comes to game style. Sampras the best offensive player probably ever, Nadal the best defensive player ever. As far as mental toughness and killer instinct goes they are identical. But they both lack the versatility of Federer. They are essentially one-dimensional players. Sampras struggled on clay due to lack of defensive qualities while Nadal struggles on indoor due to lack of attacking qualities. Federer is one in a trillion. He his incredible both on offense and defense. The most complete player of all time. Sampy and Nadal is a notch below. Nadal still has 3 slams to go though. Could be difficult as he is starting to decline. But I certainly wouldn't put it beyond him.
it all depends on 2 things:
1. how hungry he is
2. how well he is able to take care of himself
that being said, he should not have any problems snatching the next 3 RG crowns.
He's gotta stay healthy and motivated, that's what its all about.
I think he will finish with 15GS, winning not only RG but also AO at least once more. His last will be RG and he will desperately want it just to surpass Pete and become also no. 2 overall as he was most part of his career. He will definitely add some Masters on clay, maybe some Miami. He should get back to no. 1 spot but he will finish somewhere around 150 weeks.
This can happen.
They're so different players.
Sampras was pretty bad on clay compared to all non-clay specialist number ones like Djokovic, Courier, Agassi, etc.
Because of that, Sampras never won RG and he won so many Year-End Championships.
Now... Nadal is Clay-God, his best results are there, and he has a Sampras-career indoors (one M1000 event and nothing more).
I think we can't compare one to each other... Nadal would probably win more titles than him, but 70% (or more) of them would be on clay, so, the comparation is unfair IMO.
Rafa will probably get mor eslams than Pete, but I think he would never reach his Number-one record or his number of Year-End Championships.
Nadal could have more titles, slams and masters.
Pete would still have more non-clay titles, weeks at N° 1 and Year-End championships.
Comparation is unfair IMO.
Or difficult comparison?
I must say, I agree with Clay Death here, at least as long as intent goes (I would be more careful with the wording). This is a discussion for comparing Sampras and Nadal, bearing in mind the latter is still active and so speculating about his future results - not anything else. Those not really interested in comparing the two can achieve this almost anywhere else.