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Pete Sampras about Roger

Skyward
06-02-2004, 10:17 PM
This is from July issue Tennis magazine.

Q Federer's young, but he being touted by some as next Pete Sampras. Is the comparison valid?

A It's nice to see somebody with complete game, but (in the AO final) he stayed back more than I thought he would.
He's clearly the best in the world. You know, you get to a point where it's about different levels-winning majors, defending majors, than being really great, it being your life. That's kind of what happened to me.
He's got all the tools. It's nice to watch him, he's a smooth player, easy on the eyes. Roger got that even keel. He doesn't get too high or too low. That helps when you want to be the best player in the world, no doubt.

lsy
06-03-2004, 08:11 AM
Thanks Skyward.

Seems like Pete is still watching some tennis :)

But what does he mean when he said :"he doesn't get too high or too low?", the height or the way he strikes the ball?

ytben
06-03-2004, 10:57 AM
lsy, I think he meant Rogi has the right amount of confidence, not over not under.

ytben
06-03-2004, 10:57 AM
oh, almost forgot to thank Skyward for the news :)

WyveN
06-03-2004, 11:34 AM
think he meant rogers emotions on court, not to high or to low

pete seems to be a big fan of roger

tangerine_dream
06-03-2004, 03:09 PM
I'm actually surprised that Pete watches tennis matches. I thought he was done, finito, with tennis.

But I guess when some player's being touted as "the next Pete Sampras" the real Sampras may want to tune in every now and then and keep tabs on his twin. ;)

LCeh
06-03-2004, 03:17 PM
Maybe Roger should hire Pete as his coach... :devil:

Skyward
06-03-2004, 05:18 PM
From the same interview.

Favorite players to watch

Bjorn Borg- he was a great athlete

Roger Federer- for his smoothness

Rod Laver- had the complete package

John McEnroe- a inique game

Ken Rosewall- I loved the backhand

Dirk
06-03-2004, 06:49 PM
:yeah: Pete rules. I think Roger will S&V more and more as he gets better at it. He doesn't do it much at Oz because the surface is not friendly for it. Roger also said he wants to mix it up more and play at the baseline to prolong his career. Roger seems keen on playing till about 30. He wants his S&V game to be great on grass primarily. Thanks Skyward.

moonlight
06-03-2004, 09:24 PM
Thanks for the interview, Skyward. ;)

RogiFan88
06-04-2004, 02:49 AM
Rogi's a smoothie alright... Pete DID tip Rogi to win Wimby last yr [funny he didn't even consider Pandy... ] as he knows talent when he sees it [or when he's beaten by it!]

Fedex
06-06-2004, 01:14 AM
:yeah: Pete rules. I think Roger will S&V more and more as he gets better at it. He doesn't do it much at Oz because the surface is not friendly for it. Roger also said he wants to mix it up more and play at the baseline to prolong his career. Roger seems keen on playing till about 30. He wants his S&V game to be great on grass primarily. Thanks Skyward.
Hmmm. I know he said it tires him out to play alot of Serve & Volley, but i find i tire myself out more by playing from the baseline, so i Serve & Volley alot more than i used to to keep the points short.
As always Pete speaks words of great wisdom!! :worship: :worship:

Dirk
06-06-2004, 10:38 AM
Rogi was talking about doing it all the time on his 1st serve. Maybe as he gets stronger he will do it more and more. Grass is the easiest surface on the body so he should do it all the time there.

moonlight
06-16-2004, 07:29 PM
Just want to add this from the interview (http://www.tennis.com/ProGame/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=70852&itype=1296)

Q: Are you going to line up your Wimbledon trophies on top of the TV and watch the tournament?
A: As you can see, I donít have them out. Iíve never been a big watcher. The only tennis Iíve seen for the past year was [Roger] Federer playing [Marat] Safin in the final in Australia, just to see what Federer was playing like, and I was pretty impressed.


Itís interesting. When youíve been in a sport for so many years you look forward to getting as far from the game as possible, and thatís kind of what Iíve done since the Open in 2002.

Wimbledon starts very early here. Iím not going to be like a 12-year-old, setting my alarm clock so I can watch it at 6:00 in the morning.

RogiFan88
06-16-2004, 07:50 PM
It's cool that Pete tipped Rogi to win Wimby last yr -- well, it takes one to know one -- a Wimby champ, that is!!

Interesting the Pete watched Rogi beat Marat at AO this year -- he was curious, wasn't he?

Even tho I was never a Pete fan, I still was impressed that he could actually focus and win the USO02 v. AA after not winning a title for over 2 years!! He was the undisputed champ, no doubt about it.

Thanks, Pete!

And to think that our little Rogi stopped the great Pete's Wimby run in 2001!!! Amazing...

LCeh
07-02-2004, 02:49 AM
I am just curious, how is Roger compared to Pete at this point of his career?

Skyward
07-02-2004, 02:51 AM
In terms of titles Roger is certainly behind.

LCeh
07-02-2004, 02:57 AM
Hmm... what about slams?

Skyward
07-02-2004, 03:06 AM
By the age of 23 Pete had 5 GS-2USO, 2 W, 1 AO. He won his first GS at 19( USO).

LCeh
07-02-2004, 03:14 AM
Even if Roger wins this one he will still be 2 behind Pete. :tears:

WyveN
07-02-2004, 04:01 AM
Even if Roger wins this one he will still be 2 behind Pete. :tears:

Yep but if he wins Wim/USO he will only be 1 behind

LCeh
07-02-2004, 04:03 AM
That would be 3 slams in a year Wyv... ;)

WyveN
07-02-2004, 10:03 AM
That would be 3 slams in a year Wyv... ;)

Unfortunately that is the crazy pace you have to meet to keep up with Pete ;)

If Roger wins Wimbledon he will already have 2 slams this year and anything else will be a total bonus

Daniel
07-02-2004, 03:33 PM
Nice words coming from Pete :)