Originally Posted by 1jackson2001
So Marat says Roger has better everything, except volleys.
Well obviously his serve is not as awesome as Sampras was and thank god for that by the way!
The volleys I think are just as good except for maybe the half volleys. I would still say Sampras forehand was more explosive and powerful than Federer's (though probably not as secure), actually Lundgren Federer's ex-coach said before the final, that the only minor weakness in the Federer arsenal is when he is being atacked deep in the forehand side. He just needs more time there than he does on backhand side where he of course can choose to hit one of his out of this world defensive shots. When it came to Sampras when on form the forehand side was just a place you NEVER EVER wanted to go and if you did BOOOOM....and the next thing you know, you would look like a junior struggling to stay at his feet almost, desperately trying to handle the explosion..
Having said all that. Like many others I do think Federer is the best, most complete and most talented player we have ever seen.
Sampras because of his serve and mental strenght (concentration) was just more unbeatable.