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Gonzo V Pete Sampras on clay

PiggyGotRoasted
05-01-2009, 10:04 PM
Which is the better clay courter?

Both have a big forehand
Both have a less consistant backhand which is capable of the odd amazing winner
Petes serve is bigger
Movement in defence similar
ETC

Interesting to know peoples opinions on this because IMO both have had/had/are having similar clay court results throughout their careers.

Certinfy
05-01-2009, 10:17 PM
As soon as i read the title, i knew who posted it ;)

Har-Tru
05-01-2009, 10:18 PM
oh please...

tennishero
05-02-2009, 12:35 AM
good thread, would read again.

GlennMirnyi
05-02-2009, 12:48 AM
Why was my post about Oliver Cromwell deleted? Are you a royalist, post-deleting mod?

betowiec
05-02-2009, 03:26 AM
let me think about this one

philosophicalarf
05-02-2009, 03:30 AM
Don't recall Gonzo ever losing to Gilbert Schaller in Roland Garros round 1 at his absolute peak.

Ackms421
05-02-2009, 03:36 AM
Don't recall Gonzo ever losing to Gilbert Schaller in Roland Garros round 1 at his absolute peak.

But, likewise, did he ever make the semis of RG or win a clay masters?

FlavorNuts
05-02-2009, 04:43 AM
Pete made the semis and won a Masters on clay thanks to monster serving.
Gonzalez would sweep the one-dimensional clown aside.

Ackms421
05-02-2009, 05:26 AM
Pete made the semis and won a Masters on clay thanks to monster serving.
Gonzalez would sweep the one-dimensional clown aside.

Thanks to monster serving? Hmmmm. So then Roddick has made the semis of RG and won a clay masters also? :confused:

FlavorNuts
05-02-2009, 07:30 AM
The only player inside the top 30 that Sampras played in his Rome victory was Becker in the final. Hardly a feat.
If Roddick had played a full clay schedule throughout his pro career until the day he retired; he'd have at least one clay masters and a couple finals.
The fact is Roddick's junkballing is far more suited to clay than Sampras' flat high-risk game.
Not to mention that the level of the game has increased ten fold since the 90s, explaining Sampras' surprising success.

Ackms421
05-02-2009, 07:40 AM
The only player inside the top 30 that Sampras played in his Rome victory was Becker in the final. Hardly a feat.
If Roddick had played a full clay schedule throughout his pro career until the day he retired; he'd have at least one clay masters and a couple finals.
The fact is Roddick's junkballing is far more suited to clay than Sampras' flat high-risk game.
Not to mention that the level of the game has increased ten fold since the 90s, explaining Sampras' surprising success.

Whatever. People can excuse away the results all day, but at the end of the day all that remains are the results.

FlavorNuts
05-02-2009, 08:23 AM
And those results are only relative to that era.

Back on topic; Gonzalez is a better clay courter than Sampras.