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Sampras on Federer: "Federer can emulate me"!

mitalidas
12-01-2004, 06:06 PM
Federer can emulate me - Sampras
Former world number one Pete Sampras has backed Roger Federer to match his long period of domination in tennis.
Before retiring last year, Sampras won 14 Grand Slams and was world number one for a record six straight years.

"I think he can dominate tennis for as long as I did," Sampras told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"He can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others."




Federer compiled a stunning record in 2004, winning three of four Grand Slams, collecting 11 titles and losing only six matches.

The 23-year-old's style of play has drawn comparisons with Sampras, and the American agreed there are similarities between the duo.

"We have the same temperament and like me, he makes playing look easy," he said.

"He can do just about anything he wants with a racquet and he dominates everybody as I did several years before."

Federer is yet to win the French Open, and Sampras admitted that failing to triumph at Roland Garros was the only regret of his career.

"I regret that I never tried out a racquet with a bigger head at Roland Garros," he added.

"My racquet was almost like one of the old wooden ones - it was heavy and stiff. It took a lot of effort to make the ball move on clay.

"But I was really used to it and I never dared (change). I was too stubborn. I was scared of losing control, that it would take me too long to master it."

lunahielo
12-01-2004, 07:14 PM
Interesting article, mitalidas, Thanks.

Maybe it is just me~but the article sounds a bit arrogant..I wish he hadn't used the word *emulate*~(I work with words and languages, and I am probably looking at this differently because of this)~~Since the article was in a French newspaper perhaps the translation makes it appear somewhat cavalier. (And maybe it's just the mood I'm in at the moment) :)

It's nice that Sampras recognizes Roger's fabulous game. It seems all the former really great players do. That sure tells us something, doesn't it?

RonE
12-01-2004, 11:17 PM
I just hope Roger learns from Pete's mistake and makes the necessary adjustments he needs to to do well in RG.

Fedex
12-02-2004, 02:27 AM
I just hope Roger learns from Pete's mistake and makes the necessary adjustments he needs to to do well in RG.
He should be able to. His game is much more suited to RG, than Pete's ever was, so he can win it for sure. He needs to get used to Center court, and play more big matches on Center court, and then he will have a much better chance of winning RG, I think.

SUKTUEN
12-02-2004, 04:29 AM
In Chinese~~~ :worship:
桑普拉斯:費德勒能做得更好 統治力就像我當年
新浪體育訊 單賽季獨奪三項大滿貫賽冠軍,費德勒2004賽季凸現出的霸氣無人能敵,人們早已經開始迫不及 待的預測瑞士人將在隨後的幾年時間中獨霸男子網壇。而1年時間已經拿下4項錦標的他,距離前任王者桑普拉斯 的14項紀錄還有多遠?其他人的說法不可能有這個人的有說服力,因為這個人就是桑普拉斯自己。
  自去年美網賽前宣佈正式退役之後,桑普拉斯在整整兩年的時間中,留給人們的除了2002年那場與阿加西 經典得火花四溢的美網男單決賽,就只有他抱著愛子灑淚亞瑟-阿什球場時雙眼中的不舍。而就在後一輩的費德勒、羅迪克等人開始真正接過男子網壇每5年一個週期的輪換時, 桑普拉斯也在久別人們的視線之後,在接受法國《隊報》採訪時首次談到了那個在2001年的溫網第四輪比賽中 曾淘汰過自己的瑞士天才。
  “羅傑的能力與天賦無疑要高出其他人一截,他是目前最好的選手,在場上有著其他人難以匹及的感覺。費德 勒在夢幻般的2004賽季共奪得三項大滿貫賽、三項大師系列賽以及年終總決賽大師杯賽的冠軍,再加上他在美 網奪冠之後就早早鎖定年終第一的頭銜,這樣的成績的確讓人頗為讚歎。
  唯一的遺憾來自羅蘭加洛斯的法網賽場,羅傑那時在第三輪比賽中0-3完敗,擊敗他的是三屆賽會冠軍庫爾滕,看上去這場失利並不顯得那麼丟人。而在職業生涯中從未奪得過法網冠 軍的桑普拉斯對此自是深有同感,但是“他畢竟還只有23歲,我認為他還有很多機會。”
  “羅傑能夠不需要消耗太多精力,就能讓自己表現出非常高的競技水平,而與此同時他的諸多對手則不行。當 然,他在比賽中也會有不走運的時候,我們也能看到他過早的被淘汰出局,但是就整個賽季的表現來看,他無疑是 高高淩駕於其他人之上的。”
  對於人們將自己與費德勒的全方位比較,“是的,我們的性情非常相似,他有著能讓比賽變得非常有觀賞性的 能力,握著球拍的他能夠做到自己想要做到的一切,並且讓其他選手都臣服于自己之下,就像我在很多年前所做到 的一樣。羅傑能夠成為網球這項運動中最偉大的球員之一,我相信他有能力比我做得更好。”

makro120
12-03-2004, 12:46 PM
Yeah, it is pretty arrogant of Sampras. IF he would have said Federer will emulate me, it would be fine. But saying that he CAN emulate Sampras revord is an understatement, he can surpass Sampras in every possible way (doesn't mean he will).

Anyway, nothing would ever make Sampras win RG, definetly not just changing raquet and other details. HE would have had to change his whole game.

WyveN
12-03-2004, 12:51 PM
Yeah, it is pretty arrogant of Sampras. IF he would have said Federer will emulate me, it would be fine.

"will" sounds like a prediction. Why would Sampras predict someone to break his records? (even if he believed Federer would do so)

Lalitha
12-03-2004, 01:52 PM
Can't we wait till it happens?? Why put pressure and there by expectations on Federer?

makro120
12-03-2004, 03:00 PM
BEcause he I don't think he comes in here and read what we say, I am just predicting..

WyveN
12-03-2004, 04:49 PM
BEcause he I don't think he comes in here and read what we say

you never know ;)

RogiFan88
12-03-2004, 10:52 PM
Pete's bored and he's daring Rogi to "emulate" him... hoping that he can't, of course... Pete was rather arrogant, and that helped him win... and intimidate... he truly felt he was better, no, the best in his day. I remember his answer to the question, what separates you fr Pat Rafter? His reply: 13 slams... or was it 12?? Anyway, that says it all... Rogi w NEVER say such a thing ever.

^Sue^
12-04-2004, 06:58 AM
I think Roger Federer will definitely try to surpass the records of 14 grand slams that Dominated by Pete Sampras...Let's just wait for that moment...Pete Sampras and John Mcenroe think that Roger definitely has chances to win more than 14 grand slams.

Daniel
12-04-2004, 07:07 AM
only time will tell if Roger is much better, but right now he is just the best :clap2: :D :bounce: