Originally Posted by Fed=ATPTourkilla
BTW I wouldn't be too hard on Pete. I think he would probably lose because Fed takes down big servers all the time. But he wasn't a choker like Fed is and I think he'd be a bad matchup for Nadal on any surface other than clay...
Exactly, tennis is abaout matchups. Sampras played an aggressive serve-and-volley game and really went for his shots instead of just staying in rallies. Nadal hates playing players like that, while Federer seems to thrive against those kind of players. Therefore I'm quite positive that Sampras would have dominated Nadal on every medium to fast paced surface.
However, it is not given that Federer would have dominated Sampras. True, Federer hardly ever loses to players who play the game in the same vein as Sampras, but let's not forget that Sampras is a whole other caliber of player than todays representatives of a somewhat similar style. If I had to pick one, I'd pick Federer, but it's not an easy choice to make, given the incredible hold game Sampras had.