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Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from ESPN)

This article really caught my attention. I am curious about what you think about what this writer says....

by: James Martin, TENNIS.com
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You know you've had an amazing season when your biggest stumbling block was a bed. We speak of The King -- Roger Federer. Blogging from Tokyo in October, Rog wrote about how he woke up in the middle of the night "screaming in a state of shock" and proceeded to bang his leg on the sharp wood frame. That didn't stop him from winning the tournament, of course. Or the one after that, in Madrid. Or the one after that, in Basel.

The guy is devouring tournaments like Pac Man with a serious case of the munchies.

As Federer heads into the season-ending Masters Cup next week, which pits the top eight players in round-robin competition, he won't be playing for the No. 1 ranking -- he locked that up months ago. And though Rafa and Roddick will be gunning for him, Federer's stiffest competition is against the player he's most compared to, one of his childhood heroes, Pete Sampras.

Forget Federer and Nadal. The most important rivalry in tennis is between Federer and Sampras. There certainly isn't another topic that stirs the hearts and minds of fans more than the question, Who's better?

The head-to-head record provides virtually no insight. The two played once, in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2001, which Federer won. And you can break down all of their strokes, one by one, but that's subjective (other than the fact, which has nothing to do with their greatness, that Federer is exciting to watch, while Pete induced yawns big enough to be named hurricanes).

Then there are the individual accomplishments. Although Sampras leads in virtually all departments, Federer is quickly closing in. At 25 years old, he already has 44 singles titles to Sampras' 64, and Fed cares more about proving himself week in, week out, than Sampras ever did. In other words: Kiss that record goodbye.

In 2006, Federer put together a masterpiece of a season that overshadows anything Sampras did in a calendar year. He became the first male player since Rod Laver in 1961-62 to reach six consecutive major finals and the first player ever to win both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open three straight times. Most impressively, Federer came up one match short of the game's most celebrated accomplishment, the Grand Slam, which hasn't been done since Laver in 1969.

But you can throw all of that out. It doesn't matter. There's just one stat that counts when you're talking about Roger and Pete: Who'll end up with the most Grand Slam titles. Sampras has the all-time record with 14; Federer has 9. But short of the Swiss star having another mishap with a bed, that record will fall. The debate will be over.

And Pete knows it.

After Federer won this year's U.S. Open, he received a text message, out of the blue. Sampras wrote to congratulate him. He called Federer three days later to see if he got the text. (Apparently, the world's No. 1 is quick to return tennis balls, not messages.) "Pete said that I dominate the sport more than he used to," Federer told TENNIS Magazine. "It showed me that Sampras is pretty relaxed now. Records are there to be broken."

Perhaps Pete is chill. Or perhaps he's trying to get into Federer's headspace. You know how it goes: If someone is schooling you on a tennis court, one well-known tactic is to gush praise over them in the hopes that he'll relax, lose focus, and ultimately lose the match. It might be reading too much into a man who spends most of his time playing golf and poker. But it's fun to think Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record.

One thing is certain: Federer will continue his march to becoming the best player of all time, and his hero will be watching.
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Re: Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from ESPN)

This article is non-sensical. The very fact that at the end the author is saying "It's fun to think that Sampras is trying to mess with The King..." shows a bit of a childish attitude IMO.

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This article is non-sensical. The very fact that at the end the author is saying "It's fun to think that Sampras is trying to mess with The King..." shows a bit of a childish attitude IMO.
That makes perfect sense to me. I wasn't sure if I was reading it right or not. Doesn't seem like something Sampras would do- obviously he would like his record to stand up, but couldn't the congrats text message be legit?
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Re: Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from ESPN)

I agree with you guys. That's just not the kind of guy Pete seems to be. that "article" strikes me as a whole load of drama-seeking

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I get the impression the author's just being a Drama Queen.
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Re: Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from E

Here is more from the source-

Right now, Federer's record lacks in just one area, and it's the major reason he sometimes gets short shrift in the GOAT debate. He hasn't won any of those epic matches that convince the public that he's a warrior in the Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg or Sampras mold. He needs a Corretja moment, a crazy go-to-Moscow-and-win-the-Davis-Cup-single-handedly event, a Grand-Slam-title-in-the-last-match-of-his-career kind of thing. And it doesn't help him that there isn't a sufficiently "red" player around anymore to bring out the best in him; he's surrounded by fawning minions disguised as rivals (with a few striking exceptions like Rafael Nadal), and that's a pity.
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It might be reading too much into a man who spends most of his time playing golf and poker.
U think?
The conclusion he's drawn about the whole thing is silly.
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Hmm. Has it ever occured to the author of this tripe that Rogi perhaps doesn't often HAVE to play 'epic matches', as he's *that* good? (apart from the fact that he DOES - I guess the author has yet forgotten the Miami, Rome and Dubai finals, for instance).
And for his rivals being solely 'fawning minions'... doesn't show much respect towards the other players either.

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Re: Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from ESPN)

Sampras sending text messages to Federer. Roger licking Woods' ass any time he can. Did i miss something ?

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Re: Is Sampras is trying to mess with The King to protect his record? (article from ESPN)

I like the way the author recognizes how astounding Roger's 2006 has been and everything else he says. As far as Pete trying to get in Roger's.....I am not sure why he'd wait this long to try if that was his objective. On the other hand if he wanted to be friends then why wait this long?

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Hmm. Has it ever occured to the author of this tripe that Rogi perhaps doesn't often HAVE to play 'epic matches', as he's *that* good? (apart from the fact that he DOES - I guess the author has yet forgotten the Miami, Rome and Dubai finals, for instance).
And for his rivals being solely 'fawning minions'... doesn't show much respect towards the other players either.

Author should find himself a different job than writing about tennis.
That quote stung the most. I know that Fed is controlling most of the H2H's, but he's basically closing the door on the rest of the field. Here is another gem from this guy-

"By contrast, Prada-clad, overly fashion-conscious Federer has emerged as an international icon of the newly Euro-centric game (insert favorite John Kerry/France joke here)."
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This article is non-sensical. The very fact that at the end the author is saying "It's fun to think that Sampras is trying to mess with The King..." shows a bit of a childish attitude IMO.
I agree. This article was obviously written by a Fedtard.

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I like the way the author recognizes how astounding Roger's 2006 has been and everything else he says. As far as Pete trying to get in Roger's.....I am not sure why he'd wait this long to try if that was his objective. On the other hand if he wanted to be friends then why wait this long?
Will you stop trying to paint Sampras a bad guy?

Pete totally shut himself out from tennis since 2002. He only pick up his racket less than a year ago playing exhibitions. So it's absolutely normal and reasonable he only contacts Roger after his victory in USO this year.
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Will you stop trying to paint Sampras a bad guy?

Pete totally shut himself out from tennis since 2002. He only pick up his racket less than a year ago playing exhibitions. So it's absolutely normal and reasonable he only contacts Roger after his victory in USO this year.
How does the lack of contacts with Fed make him a bad guy?
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How does the lack of contacts with Fed make him a bad guy?
What does this sound like to you?

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On the other hand if he wanted to be friends then why wait this long?
PamV says all those praises to Federer and then use "On the other hand", "why wait this long".
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