Originally Posted by 5555
When Federer had 9 slams, many experts at that time said he is greater player than Sampras. GOAT discussion is not just about numbers.
That was because it was not unrealistic to expect Federer to surpass Sampras later, which he later did. Also, when he won his 9th slam he was playing a season in which he went 92-5 and I believe reached the final of every tournament except one. Besides, 9 is a lot closer to 14 than 5 is to 17. Numbers aren't all of it but they can't be ignored beyond common sense.