Re: Johnny Mac states that if Fed wins RG, he's the best ever: wrong!!!
opinions are opinions, but i believe hes right.
Hell i think the evidence lies in the facts that the greats from the past era, almost all in unison are stating that federer is one of those "special few" who "Transcends generations"
If you want to make this about sampras and federer, I would be happy to do so, but mac has been privileged enough to watch federer and sampras in their respective primes, rack up titles and GS, and honestly he is just awe struck at his shotmaking, much like all of us are, when hes playing on the absolute pinnacle of his game.
Guys, be serious here, please take down your rose colored glasse and just ask yourself this, When sampras was in big big trouble in points, what could you almost ALWAYS guarantee he would come up with? The answer would be, if serving
a) greatly placed 1st serve
followed by cat like quickness to net for either
a-1) insanely incredible half volley
or a-2) Overhead smash with authority
When he was on the receiving side and sensed the opportunity, you would probably see one of his
b-1) Incredible running forehand cross court, probably one of the best in the game
b-2) *gasp*, an actual occasional clutch backhand, that would so shock the opponent (circa 1995) that it would usually lull you out of your state of half-drooling sleep to go "OMG HOW DID HE DO THAT!"
Thats not a knock on sampras, but that was basically the nuts and bolts of his "specialness", the ability to come up with those kindsa magical shots
Fedex on the other hand comes up with everything sampras ever came up with, EXCEPT the deft half volley and "overhead slam WITH AUTHORITY"
But here is where hes got sampras beat. He does the other things, the quickness, the beautiful backhands, the incredible forehand, from almost ALL the tennis positions possible, and usually while in the middle of a HEATED tennis exchange with another player involving balls that have greater spin and pace than 5 years ago (thats simply due to changes in technology and court surfaces).
Federer doesnt just "come up with the goods" for short bursts, and then depend on his serve to basically finish off the rest of the game, half lulling the audience to sleep. He CONSTANTLY is coming up with SHOTS, ANGLES, TOUCH, DEPTH, SPINS, SLICES....
This is simply what has caught the eye of one Johnny Mac...simply why you hear him sometimes in mid sentence simply let out a laugh, as if showing, from one hall of famer to another "that was just...that was..how do you DO THAT! (in a macenroe esque tone)
Very very rarely did you see Johnny doing that in the mid 90's when commentating on a sampras final, be it at wimbledon or US open. He would usually say that again, on those clutch serves, when he would pretty much guess "yep ace up the tee" before the serve occured on triple breaker, and proceed to watch him follow through on the prognostications made just a second earlier. OR you would see him and mary C (carillo) marvel at the air he got on the overhead smash, or the deftness in his "sofft" little half volley "Dropper"
But not nearly as consistantly as he does watching federer.
Frankly folks, if you dont get my post, ill summarize it succintly by a simple quote:
"greatness knows when greatness is being created"....and this is whats happening in the case not only of Mcenroe, but others like the Beckers, Lendls, Borgs, etc.
Federer makes you go "wow" in way more manners than a sampras ever did...and i remember watching sampras in his "all court" prime in 1993-1996