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in fairness, stefanki took a shot at sampras when he talked about federer saying that in todays game, one wouldnt be able to ride only a serve and a forehand to the top
One could almost interpret that as a shot at the pre-Stefanki Gonzalez too.... anyhow a dismissal of Sampras as "serve and forehand" would be inaccurate and unfair, in the same way dismissing current players as robotic power merchants is also unrealistic.

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Bittersweet. He believed, so many people believed, his record would stand the test of time. It might still but it is looking less likely the last year or so.

He is classy in his responses, particularly since it must be a friggin' pain to have to deal with Federer questions in every interview he is giving.

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"A guy like Fernando Gonzo""? What does he mean? Does something about Gonzo's physical shape or ball swing suggest he would NOT get power?
this is not the first time Pete has said something like this. I remember him saying that seeing a "player like Nadal" making the Wimbly finals makes him "lick his lips" at the prospect of playing Wimbly again.

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If Pete thinks he is so great he should come back.

There is no doubt Sampras was THE player of his generation, but it isn't worth it to keep ratting on the current players when his time has passed. All it does is make him look defensive.

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I don't know about classy. I think he's clever in the way he gets his digs in. So bascially he's saying the guys out there now (other than Federer) are mediocre but because of racquet technology they're made to look good? Sorry I have a hard time believing racquets changed that much in the past 5-10 years.
As you get older, you tend to believe that people in your generation were smarter, cuter, more athletic, braver, nicer and just generally better than the current generation. In ten or fifteen years we'll be reminiscing about how much better players of "our" generation were.
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Pete tried his hardest to act classy, but in some instances he couldn't help himself and his bitterness slipped through.
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I am surprised about the Gonzo comments. It is hard to say whether or not it is a jibe without actually HEARING him speak. However, that is how it looks. Truth be told, up till the final Gonzo played well enough to beat anyone in any era. I'm not even beggining to compare the two but I didn't ever see Sampras post the type of numbers Gonzo did, plus, should be easier for a big server.

Is interesting that he says he would take Goran's serve as the best stroke. I think that's pretty damn complementary for Goran coming from a server like him.

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I can't believe how sour Sampras comes across. I use to like him much better when he used to let the racket do the talking. Now it seems like he is just trying so hard to impress...
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He'z married to Screech?
Actually, I think Pete confused his wife with Oscar worthy actress Tori Spelling.
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Pete tried his hardest to act classy, but in some instances he couldn't help himself and his bitterness slipped through.
hehe. nicely put.
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2002 Miami TMS Gonzalez df Sampras 7-6(1) 6-1
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Meh. Typical Sampras interview. He tries so hard to sound gracious, but comes off as ego-protective. Of all the "greats" in sports I have to say I like Pete's commentary the least.
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Re: SI.com, Q&A: PETE SAMPRAS.

If the rackets are so good today why there aren't another guys hitting the ball that hard from 1 meter and a half from the baseline like gonzo ???

this gives me an idea: 2002 Miami TMS Gonzalez df Sampras 7-6(1) 6-1
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this is not the first time Pete has said something like this. I remember him saying that seeing a "player like Nadal" making the Wimbly finals makes him "lick his lips" at the prospect of playing Wimbly again.

Not exactly complementative
Yes he did say that. And last year when he played that exhibition with Ginepri when he was asked about Nadal he said he was a "great clay courter", but the way he said it was a bit dismissive. Like as if being great on clay was some how inferior to being great on another surface.

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Re: SI.com, Q&A: PETE SAMPRAS.

With all the whining he has been doing, and the trashing of current
tennis players, Sampras is losing respect from both fans and players
alike. Pete should realize that he can either come back to the tour
and put an end to the debate on who is a superior player, or should
shut up instead of responding to the stupid questions that the media
throws at him about Federer and other players. I used to like Sampras,
but he is sounding more and more like a big time loser with all the
mouthing off he has been doing lately. What a shame?. The Rod-dicks
and Gimbel-Pricks losing to him does not meet shit. If that makes him
think he has still got game, let him come on back to the tour and
prove it. Or, shut the fuck up.
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