Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Pete Vs Roger !?
Not the same thing at all - the scorelines of the two matches show that. Roddick played lousy tennis after surrendering the break in the first set and Muller made him pay. Sampras was below-par throughout all his match with Federer, his returns were very poor and ineffective, but he strung together a couple of brilliant ones out of nowhere to get to breakpoint at 4-4 in the final set, and if he'd taken those chances he would still, somehow, have scraped out a win. To me that match isn't an example of an inspired demolition job, e.g. Safin in the US Open final the year before when Sampras didn't do much wrong; instead, it shows just how difficult it was to beat Sampras at Wimbledon even when he was playing badly, it took a superb talent to do it and still it finished 7-5 in the fifth.
I unwisely did an online search of 'Sampras vs Federer' and found another tennis board with a 32-page (yes, you read that right) thread debating the merits of the two players. I got about 4 pages in, and these are long pages, before my head started to ache at the unceasing flow of invective from one particular Sampras fan who liked to use CAPITAL LETTERS a lot, to repeatedly EMPHASISE their point that Federer was IN NO WAY the equal of Sampras, that he was SIGNIFICANTLY inferior. Imagine undomiele with the Sampras fan gene injected into her, and that's more or less what it was like.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.