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Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

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Brazilian Kuerten says Sampras was "much better" than Federer

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Tuesday October 31, 2006

Rio de Janeiro- Former Brazilian tennis star Gustavo Kuerten on Tuesday said Pete Sampras was "much better" than current world number one Roger Federer and that the late Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna was also better than current star Michael Schumacher. Kuerten, a former world number one himself who beat both Sampras and Federer during his career, told Brazilian TV Globo that the Swiss number one only stands out due to the absence of retired American Sampras.

"In Formula 1, Schumacher took advantage of Senna's death to conquer his triumphs, just like Federer took advantage of the vacuum left by Sampras to obtain his victories. Both are good players, but I prefer Sampras," Kuerten said.

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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

thanks for posting, but i am afraid many sampras detractors are coming soon . Sampras over roger, how can it be?

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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Well, other greats have said the opposite. And before the flaming starts once more, just keep in my mind that both are great players, as well as Nadal is, so just enjoy the game. And as for the Senna - Schumacher comparison, what Guga is saysing is just hypothetical as nobody knows how this duel would have turned out, therefore it's just BS to state that Senna was better. It was the Brazilian talking in that statement I guess.
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

well...lets keep in mind that kuerten never played fed in his prime. i dont consider rg win, the best of federer. Guga is entitled to his opinion as are rios and bruguera.

plus federer has beaten guga on clay, and bageled him at that. can sampras ever say that? yes, i know guga was past his prime too, but this doesnt detract from the argument.
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Kuerten couldn't win a match in this era to save his life. Perfectly reasonable to claim the years when you could actually compete were the 'strongest'.
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Whatever Guga. Enjoy your retirement.
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

everyone's entitled to an opinion, wrong or right

Then again, in some ways, Guga is right. The way Roger plays these days, in a defensive manner, wouldn't stand up to Pete's attacking game. Or it may not stand up to it. But, if Roger was playing Pete, he would be playing in a very aggressive manner, ala their Wimbledon showdown that Roger won. And when Roger plays his attacking game, no one can touch him.

Oh, and I guess Navratilova, McEnroe, Agassi, and King saying that Federer is the best player ever doesn't mean anything.

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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Respect his choice please. I like Federer but I always prefer Sampras much better, so... bravo Guga !!!

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The way Roger plays these days, in a defensive manner
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Isn't it obvious ? Everyone who was in their prime in the sampras era, will say that Sampras is better(Moya, Kuerten, Haas, Courier for a while). If they ask Chang/Kafel, I am sure they will also say that Sampras is better. After all, it's so much cooler to tell your grandkids that you were on the top when the best tennis player ever is around

Everybody else will say Federer is better or need more time to evaluate.

ps. Has anyone not from the Sampras era actually said that Sampras is better ? Laver, Vilas, Connors, Mac, Borg, Wilander, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick, Nadal. Has anyone of those said that Sampras is better than Fed ?
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guga is a fine player and a one off the all time great clay courters but he is intitled to his opinion, so is agassi who's played sampras more then anyone and has said more then once that fed is better then sampras. NOt saying both of them are right or wrong its just an opinion.
I don't think anyone could say who was the better player even if fed passes sampras record ppl will always have a different opinion who was the best.
But no one can denie that both of these are two of the best players ever to play the game.
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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

It's his opinion and good for that.

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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

Guga I rather think that Sampras took advantage of the relative weakness of Guga's generation, but that's just my opinion.

I would love to hear his opinion on Nadal.

(And the Senna vs Schumacher talk - blabla. Senna was great but he doesn't have enough achievements to back him in a comparison, so just drop it. It's like saying McEnroe is greater than Sampras.)


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Re: Guga Prefers Sampras over Federer

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Isn't it obvious ? Everyone who was in their prime in the sampras era, will say that Sampras is better(Moya, Kuerten, Haas, Courier for a while). If they ask Chang/Kafel, I am sure they will also say that Sampras is better. After all, it's so much cooler to tell your grandkids that you were on the top when the best tennis player ever is around

Everybody else will say Federer is better or need more time to evaluate.

ps. Has anyone not from the Sampras era actually said that Sampras is better ? Laver, Vilas, Connors, Mac, Borg, Wilander, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick, Nadal. Has anyone of those said that Sampras is better than Fed ?
Last year Agassi said Roger is the best he's ever played against. Though some I'm sure think he only said that because he was beaten by Roger 8 times in a row. Chang has said certain areas of Roger's game are probably better than Pete's, but he's also one of those who thinks Roger has it easier because there are no s/v players now.

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Isn't it obvious ? Everyone who was in their prime in the sampras era, will say that Sampras is better(Moya, Kuerten, Haas, Courier for a while). If they ask Chang/Kafel, I am sure they will also say that Sampras is better. After all, it's so much cooler to tell your grandkids that you were on the top when the best tennis player ever is around

Everybody else will say Federer is better or need more time to evaluate.

ps. Has anyone not from the Sampras era actually said that Sampras is better ? Laver, Vilas, Connors, Mac, Borg, Wilander, Hewitt, Safin, Roddick, Nadal. Has anyone of those said that Sampras is better than Fed ?
You have a point, but I think there's a bit of contradicting yourself in this post. Dismissing the opinions of Sampras' contemporaries but not Fed's?


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