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Old 10-08-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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Default Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

Great Pat Cash interview to Pete Sampras where he shows his trademark shots, still incredible touch with his slice backhand:

http://www.samprasfanz.com/?p=462
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

He was in some way. After all he relied mainly on serve and not to be broken. If you cant be broken then you dont feel a lot of pressure. I even remember he skipped entire return games and tried only at the end of the set.
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

he was more of a serve and volley than a servebot...
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

It wouldn't be fair to call him a servebot, since he could play awesome return games, and was so smart, finding a way to win. But relied a lot on fast serve, for sure, too much for my personal taste, compared to nowadays' game. I enjoyed some of his matches, but often I wouldn't watch them at all. I liked to watch him in clay
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

Sampras was simply the best S&V player ever. Does anybody deny that?

On court he reminded of a feline predator; focused, agile, but never making a step too much,

whereas in slower courts he often appeared to be somewhat unwilling to run after every ball (like a domestic cat would do). No, that wasn't his style.

...However, that was back in the pre-Luxilon era, when clay court tennis was still regarded as being slightly inferior (even though not anymore as much as all the decades before).
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

He wasn't a servebot. He was a volleybot!
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

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He was in some way. After all he relied mainly on serve and not to be broken. If you cant be broken then you dont feel a lot of pressure. I even remember he skipped entire return games and tried only at the end of the set.
He wouldn't stand a chance against Nolfedal with that kind of game outside of grass.

btw, he also wasn't used to deal with a lot of spins and great defenders / counter-attackers which would surely hurt his S&V even more.

But still, he wasn't a bot, he was a great S&V player and previous GOAT, only thing is that it wouldn't be enough in Golden Era, not even with the fastest hc courts available.
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

The people who think Sampras was a servebot are probably people who are just too young to have seen him play frequently during his prime. All you have to do is spend a little time on Youtube, and it's pretty obvious he had the whole arsenal.


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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

Disgusting to imply the great Pete Sampras was a servebot.

Pistol was the most aggressive and awesome shotmaker of all time.
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His baseline game is insane in this match-



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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

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His baseline game is insane in this match-



Good ol' times
1995 was on par with 2011 in terms of legendary rivalry. Actually it was better because the momentum kept changing between Andre end Pete. I remember that after this game Agassi said "I will kick his ass in Key Biscayne"... which he did 2 weeks later

On topic, no way Pete was a servebot. Actually back then he was not even considered as a S&V player, because he used to go at the net only when the point was 80% done - which was quite often after his first serve to be honest. Nothing like Edberg or Rafter who could compensate a so-so serve just by their incredible net game. He was a great offensive baseliner, though he lacked the consistency for long rallies on clay. But his backhand passing shots were wonderful and his running forehand is legendary. However later in his career he started to rely much more on his serve, probably because of his physical decline, which combined with the evolution of the game towards pure baseline gave him that very unfair reputation.
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His baseline game is insane in this match-



What a beast.
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Good ol' times
1995 was on par with 2011 in terms of legendary rivalry. Actually it was better because the momentum kept changing between Andre end Pete. I remember that after this game Agassi said "I will kick his ass in Key Biscayne"... which he did 2 weeks later

On topic, no way Pete was a servebot. Actually back then he was not even considered as a S&V player, because he used to go at the net only when the point was 80% done - which was quite often after his first serve to be honest. Nothing like Edberg or Rafter who could compensate a so-so serve just by their incredible net game. He was a great offensive baseliner, though he lacked the consistency for long rallies on clay. But his backhand passing shots were wonderful and his running forehand is legendary. However later in his career he started to rely much more on his serve, probably because of his physical decline, which combined with the evolution of the game towards pure baseline gave him that very unfair reputation.
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

He wasn't a servebot.Servebots cannot win 14 slams

Serve was simply his biggest weapon and not his only weapon.
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Default Re: Why Sampras wasn't a servebot

In the pre Hewitt and Safin etc era Sampras was easily the second best baseliner behind Agassi when not playing on clay. He could handle Agassi on the faster courts because a better serve and better volleys. Great allround player at that time, later Hewitt could rundown every shot without making a mistake and than pass him when he got to the net, Safin just simply overpowered him. Of course maybe Pete wasn't at his physical prime then but I suspect that the game also moved to a higher level.
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