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federer will win more slams 12 34.29%
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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-25-2004, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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federer vs sampras

old question thats probably grown whiskers by now but can federer win more slams than sampras?? and match his achievements??, we are only in early stages but signs look good so what do you think???

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Re: federer vs sampras

Can we at least get through 3 more Slams before asking this question?

Or alternatively, where was Pete in his career at Fed's age?
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Re: federer vs sampras

I didn't really watch Sampras that much, because I wasn't interested in Tennis back then, but from commentators, it seems that Roger has a more complete game than Pete, which is very important in winning against lots of different players. Agassi says that Roger returns better, Pete serves better, Roger moves better, but Pete volleys better.

Like you said, it's still very early, and I hate to go so far. I wish we can start talking about this when Roger wins his 13th slam...
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Re: federer vs sampras

Sorry to state a cliché here, but Sampras' greatest weapon was his mental strength. Astonishing ability to pull his act together when it counted most.

There is no doubt that Fed has equal the talent of Sampras in term of technique and creativity. The way Fed has played the past few months it is easy to think that he could match Sampras' slam achievement. But who knows. We have to see how his mind, his drive, and his competitive spirit hold up. He might end up more in the McEnroe/Connors/Lendl/Agassi bracket, which still isn't too shabby.
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Very good point Q, and I absolutely agree. From these past months, there is no doubt Roger has grown very strong mentally, and I am pretty sure he will continue to improve. To be honest, I am more concerned about his competitive spirit.
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Re: federer vs sampras

so thats a no then? hmmmm LOL

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It's just that it's not realistic to make any prediction about his total number of slam when he is still only 22. Nobody can tell. There are so many factors, physical health, mental health, desire, competition, etc.
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Re: federer vs sampras

interesting how Federer is always the player used in your poll choices instead of Sampras will have more slams, it's Federer will win less slams

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Roger's desire is there and he wants to be number one (slams needed) for as long as he possibly can. He also wants to win many titles he said and different ones. We will have to wait and see. Roger has been playing the big important points very well recently. Who knows but if he ends up with half of pete's slams I will be happy. I just hope he has at least one on every surface.
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That isn't really interesting though. What's more interesting is that he called Pete Hairy Monkey...
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Too early to tell. "Everyone" is jumping on the Fed bandwagon now but who knows what will happen in the next few years.

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Re: federer vs sampras

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Or alternatively, where was Pete in his career at Fed's age?
He already had four Slams, 2 Super 9, 1 singles championship (Masters) and around 25 titles overall.

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Too early to tell. "Everyone" is jumping on the Fed bandwagon now but who knows what will happen in the next few years.
Yes rather pathetic all these threads now that Roger has won a couple of titles.
I certainly expect Roger to win many more slams but I see a certain fragility in his game that wont let him get anywhere close to Pete's record. Can't really explain it and it is a shame as he certainly has the talent to win 14 slams.
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I don't think it's just winning the titles, also the way he played and it seems he has finally got his mental game together.
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Re: federer vs sampras

Its funny how total number of grand slams is always used as the no 1 yardstick for how good a player is. I think many other criteria matter just as much. Sampras`s record on clay has always made me doubt his worthiness to be considered the best player of the open era. The best on grass? Without question. The best player of the 90`s? Only Agassi comes close. So while Federer may not finish with as many slams as Sampras if he can win 1 or 2 French and get into double figures in slams won I think that might be enough to put him into consideration as the best of the open era.

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