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Sampras has his say on Murray, Federer and Nadal

Arkulari
12-06-2008, 01:21 AM
http://mvn.com/tennisdiary/2008/12/sampras-has-his-say-on-murray-federer-and-nadal.html

Sampras has his say on Murray, Federer and Nadal

Just a quick post from me today, but I wanted to make everyone aware of the comments made by Pete Sampras earlier this week. The tennis legend has cast an eye over the current crop of male tennis stars over the last couple of years and has some interesting opinions on them. I'd like your views on them as well if possible.

Sampras on Murray

For me, Sampras' views on Andy Murray are the most significant. Everyone knows about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's credentials, but what of the Scotsman who is yet to win a major title?

"He is one notch below Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He's right on the edge of breaking through and winning a major. He's got the game. He'll do it, I really believe that. He's the real deal."

These words will come as a huge boost for Murray. Imagine being told that you are the 'real deal' by someone who has achieved as much as Sampras. The American did have some words of advice for the 21-year-old though.

"He needs a bit more self-belief and confidence that he can win a major. Watching the US Open, I could sense that he didn't really believe he could win that match. But he's right there ready to break through."

Sampras on Federer

Sampras then had his say on the current World number two who lost his number one ranking earlier this year after a long stint at the top.

"There's a lot left in him. I think he'd like to get back to number one and he's looking forward to breaking my record soon. He can win as many Wimbledon titles as he wants - he's got the game.

"He's a credit to the game, he's a friend and there's nothing I can do about it (breaking Sampras' record) apart from sit back and watch him do it and respect it."

Sampras on Nadal

Finally, Sampras expressed concerns over the current number one's fatigue going into next year as he looks to cement his place on top of the world rankings.

"It will be interesting to see what happens with Nadal next year. The amount of work he has to do to stay on top and stay healthy... I think that's where Roger has a bit of an advantage because he it takes a lot less energy for him to stay on top than Nadal."

"Rafa puts so much effort into each point that eventually something will break."

I found this interview really fascinating and I'm pretty sure that you all will too. What do you make of Sampras' views? Can Murray win a major in 2009? Will Federer reclaim the number one spot? Will Nadal suffer with severe tiredness in the coming months?

Let me know your thoughts.

peterparker
12-06-2008, 01:32 AM
nothing about djokovic.. this is racist.

lol

Arkulari
12-06-2008, 01:53 AM
honestly, who cares about Djoker? not even the king of bandwagoning aka Borg :shrug:

elessar
12-06-2008, 02:01 AM
Someone should tell Sampras to stop fanboying Rafa so much, it's getting embarassing.

Thanos
12-06-2008, 02:03 AM
honestly, who cares about Djoker? not even the king of bandwagoning aka Borg :shrug:

:speakles:

i gave you a link to that snl episode.. i shall wait till team serbia destroy you, if not i might have to do it myself and im not even a fan of his.

Sunset of Age
12-06-2008, 02:12 AM
Someone should tell Sampras to stop fanboying Rafa so much, it's getting embarassing.

He's pretty fair to all three of them I think. :shrug:

Arkulari
12-06-2008, 02:12 AM
:speakles:

i gave you a link to that snl episode.. i shall wait till team serbia destroy you, if not i might have to do it myself and im not even a fan of his.


:haha: :yeah:
I meant, no one of the "big" names cares about Djoker, they are all about Roger, Rafa and Muzza now ;)
thanks for the link, I left something else for you in there as well :hug: ;)


the fanboyish ones are McEnroe and Borg (don't make me get started on the latinamerican/spanish ex-tenists/commentators who are freakishly fanboying, biased and tardish :o )

Serenidad
12-06-2008, 02:33 AM
He's right. Eventually something is going to break on Nadal. He is number one but at what cost to his body. He continues to complain about knee and other injuries but keeps entering tournaments presumably to stay on top? He should shave back his schedule next year. He is the 99.99999 percent favorite for RG there is no need to play that many matches on clay leading up to Paris. So what you're going to lose some points?

He is pretty unbiased and accurate about all of them.

peterparker
12-06-2008, 02:41 AM
honestly, who cares about Djoker? not even the king of bandwagoning aka Borg :shrug:

lol. but seriously djoker is a top favorite at the AO! He might steamroll through the draw again like he did last year.

Sunset of Age
12-06-2008, 02:44 AM
:haha: :yeah:
I meant, no one of the "big" names cares about Djoker, they are all about Roger, Rafa and Muzza now ;)
thanks for the link, I left something else for you in there as well :hug: ;)

Well, I'm not so sure about that. Djoko has the talent, and he showed as much in the TMC (apart from all other occasions). It's too early to 'write him off' like some seem to (want to) do. It might well be that either Muzza, Roger, or even Rafa for that matter, won't be able to 'deliver the goods' early 2009 either - and I have no doubts that the pundits will be writing them off prematuraly as well.

the fanboyish ones are McEnroe and Borg (don't make me get started on the latinamerican/spanish ex-tenists/commentators who are freakishly fanboying, biased and tardish :o )

True - but that's what the Big Pundits are in fact payed for... sad but true. Jumping on bandwagons wherever they can. :o

He's right. Eventually something is going to break on Nadal. He is number one but at what cost to his body. He continues to complain about knee and other injuries but keeps entering tournaments presumably to stay on top? He should shave back his schedule next year. He is the 99.99999 percent favorite for RG there is no need to play that many matches on clay leading up to Paris. So what you're going to lose some points?

Well, I must remind you that Rafa has been predicted to 'break his bod' at the closure of 2006 and 2007 just as much as happened in 2008. Didn't really happen, did it? Yes, he has his relapses at the end of the season, but came back during the new season at three occasions already, managing not only to hold his position, but even take over the #1 position in 2008, and if I'm not mistaken, he should be able to do so till at least March 2009. Not that bad for a player who's been predicted to 'break down soon' for at least three years by now... ;)
If he'll succeed at managing his schedule a little better in the future, we might still see him have excellent results in the coming three years or more. All of that is up to him and his team, of course.

He is pretty unbiased and accurate about all of them.

Indeed. :yeah:

Arkulari
12-06-2008, 02:50 AM
Well, I'm not so sure about that. Djoko has the talent, and he showed as much in the TMC (apart from all other occasions). It's too early to 'write him off' like some seem to (want to) do. It might well be that either Muzza, Roger, or even Rafa for that matter, won't be able to 'deliver the goods' early 2009 either - and I have no doubts that the pundits will be writing them off prematuraly as well.





I mean, when was the last time one of the "big" names mentioned Djoker? everything right now is raving about Roger/Rafa/Muzza, I wouldn't write Djoker off 'cuz he's an excellent HC player and a decent clay/grass one (which of aren't much these days), but for people like Sampras or Borg is almost like he didn't exist :shrug:

Borg is an embarrassing bandwagoner, he switches so fast and raves and rants about "his" players (aka Fedal), it's shameful to see how the mighty have fallen :o

Sunset of Age
12-06-2008, 02:57 AM
I mean, when was the last time one of the "big" names mentioned Djoker? everything right now is raving about Roger/Rafa/Muzza, I wouldn't write Djoker off 'cuz he's an excellent HC player and a decent clay/grass one (which of aren't much these days), but for people like Sampras or Borg is almost like he didn't exist :shrug:

That's exactly what I wanted to point out - those Pundits only jump on the guys they feel that actually 'sell the story'. For some strange reason, Djoko doesn't seem to be 'in the picture' as much as he used to be after his AO 2008-victory. I guess the Pundits are all taking into account that the other contestors there were injured and/or tired, but that of course isn't the complete story - Djoko came out there as the best player, and he should really get more attention because of that. Point is - these Pundits unfortunately only yap about what they think their audience wants to hear, and for some reason, Djoko isn't part of that right now. Not going into that subject any further right now... :shrug: :angel:

Borg is an embarrassing bandwagoner, he switches so fast and raves and rants about "his" players (aka Fedal), it's shameful to see how the mighty have fallen :o

Borg isn't the only one. Johnny Mac is equally bad for that matter I think. Like I said - they just spout what they think the audience wants to hear, that's what they (think they're) getting payed for. Money Talks and Shit Walks - once again. :angel:

General Suburbia
12-06-2008, 03:31 AM
He doesn't say anything new. No "legend" ever does.

Henry Chinaski
12-06-2008, 03:37 AM
good to see he's just as dull as ever

peterparker
12-06-2008, 04:05 AM
He doesn't say anything new. No "legend" ever does.

wilander does no?

xargon
12-06-2008, 05:34 AM
Here's what he said on Dec 2 re: Djok.

Sampras also talked about Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, saying both are just a step below the top two players but a step above everyone else.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AnI7RkMusCNqPbIvXfgSw584v7YF?slug=ap-samprasinengland&prov=ap&type=lgns

nobama
12-06-2008, 10:45 AM
Here's what he said on Dec 2 re: Djok.

Sampras also talked about Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, saying both are just a step below the top two players but a step above everyone else.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AnI7RkMusCNqPbIvXfgSw584v7YF?slug=ap-samprasinengland&prov=ap&type=lgns
Wow Pete's a genius. :worship:

Igaarg
12-06-2008, 03:25 PM
Looove Pete. If he didn´t said anything about Djoko is maybe because nobody ask him about Nole. I really believe Djoko is very talented, love watching him play, but nothing compares to Federer, my fav of all times.
Murray and Nadal are talented too, of course, even I don´t like how Nadal plays.

Iván
12-06-2008, 03:27 PM
honestly, who cares about Djoker? not even the king of bandwagoning aka Borg :shrug:

Novak won the australian open and end of season masters cup, you have to care ffs.

novak gets a raw deal on here and im fed up with it.

Time Violation
12-06-2008, 03:43 PM
Good news actually. Djokovic plays the best when nobody expects that from him... and vice versa. :p

Federerhingis
12-06-2008, 04:19 PM
:haha: :yeah:
I meant, no one of the "big" names cares about Djoker, they are all about Roger, Rafa and Muzza now ;)
thanks for the link, I left something else for you in there as well :hug: ;)


the fanboyish ones are McEnroe and Borg (don't make me get started on the latinamerican/spanish ex-tenists/commentators who are freakishly fanboying, biased and tardish :o )

Borg yes, McEnroe too. Actually they both are like best friends and old buddies now, Borg said on a Globe Trekker series that he and the McEnroes even have get together dinners and they talk a lot on the phone. I think this interview was from 2006.

These two are huge bandwagonners for sure. They ride one and once that wagon is losing steam they ride the next best wagon. :tape:

alfonsojose
12-06-2008, 04:23 PM
Another case of the ex .. So sad these morons can't get a life after.

Forehander
12-06-2008, 07:26 PM
Djokovic = nothing.

The Oracle
08-15-2009, 10:28 PM
Thank you Sampras:)........He always has the right things to say about people.

jcempire
08-15-2009, 10:49 PM
everything he said, that come turth as today

scarecrows
08-15-2009, 10:54 PM
3/3

well done champ

roberthenman
08-15-2009, 10:57 PM
Pistol Pete :yeah:
totally agree with he

MacTheKnife
08-15-2009, 10:59 PM
Spot on as usual.. Not surprising.

RagingLamb
08-15-2009, 11:29 PM
Let Murray win a major first...but yes, no sense arguing with Pistol Pete (whose game I miss dearly btw) :yeah:

VolandriFan
08-16-2009, 09:08 AM
Nothing about Del Potro? Homophobic. :mad: