Have you checked the head to head of Sampras.v. Rusedski? It's like 10-2 in Pete's favour. Greg even has a better record against Agassi than he had against Pete. Therefore, none of your reasons can hold water anywhere or anyhow. Mind you I don't think that Roddick is by far that much a better player than Rusedski
Of course, there are certain players who give all- rounders trouble. Federer is troubled by net rushers. Henman is the best volleyer in the game today, he gives Federer trouble.
Personally, I think most of Tim's recen! t losses to Roger happen before the match even starts. It's psychological. I simply say if those are the reasons you think Federer is better than Sampras ever was, then you have no reasons really, you just think so. For me, Federer is not as good as Sampras in his hey day. I can pick matches like Wimbledon Final 1999 to Masters finals of the same year and upon all Federer's fabulous displays, he is yet to play a match that reaches that level. 1999 wasn't even Pete in his prime.
When Federer can demolish what was at the time a 5 slam winner(Agassi) who had just won his 5th Slam, completeing his career grand slam, in the finals of a slam that both competititors had won before,(Wimbledon) and go on to demolish the same player after the player, number 1 in the world, has just won his 6th Slam(Usopen) and Pete was just returning from injury having missed the UsOpen, in the finals of the year end championships, then you can tell me, about Federer against top players. Federer used to fall under pressure. He is now very confident so its all good. Like many have said, after the inevitable hurtful loss or injury, let&s see how Federer copes. Its easy to play brilliantly when you are confident. The mark of a real champion is how he plays when he is not confident and for that again, you look to Sampras's final slam win. Until then, Sampras is heads and shoulders above everyone.
Federer is expected to win, but I don't think he really feels any pressure. On the contrary, the pressure is on other players to take his mantle.
Two finals he lost to the undoubted no.1 of the Mens game, do not break the career of a guy like Roddick. He has guts, and in some ways reminds me of Sharapova. I think he could go on in future years and become the great rival to Federer so many people had him down as earlier this year.
Dave, Brighton, UK