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What if Sampras returned to the tour?

  • He could easily be ranked top 5

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  • He would be a top 10 player

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  • He would be ranked between 30 and 10

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  • He would be a top 100, but never close to the top.

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  • It would be ridiculous and lose in the first round of every tournament

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Ok if you gave him until start of next year to get the fitness up what would his ranking be at the end of 2008?

Going on the way he played against federer i think he would be top 100

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Possibly the top 50 with that serve. We don't even know how much training he has been doing, and yet he took more games off Federer than several top 10 players have managed recently.
 

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Top 50. He's too old and slow for top 20, but his serve and mental strength should take him to the top 50.
 

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Possibly the top 50 with that serve. We don't even know how much training he has been doing, and yet he took more games off Federer than several top 10 players have managed recently.

But Federer wasn't giving his all. It's pretty obvious that he didn't want to make Sampras look bad. The score of that match means nothing.
 

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Pete is one of the best tennis players in history! given his talent and mastery of the game i'd say inside the top 100.
 
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Top 100, maybe. He's definitely a step slower and the game is so physical now. His serve can be broken more now that it could before, especially as the match gets longer, and there are a LOT of players who can take advantage of that. He still wants to play attacking tennis, but he may not be able to get up there fast enough to really hurt anyone, and he would get passed all the time. With the wildcards he would get from the US tournaments, he could get enough points to get into the Top 200 and probably 100, but I don't see him winning a whole lot of matches at the slams, not even Wimbledon.

Pete is a great champion, but his time on tour has passed. Glad to see him playing again, but he knows his place is on the Senior Tour now and these exhibition matches are just reinforcing that.
 

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Although he was never stellar on clay, he still managed to pick up at least a few useful points during the clay season for most of his career. With his current form, I don't see him being able to win a single clay court match unless he plays a few obscure MM tournaments.

Even then, his poor court coverage, not to mention that he never mastered the "slide" would be a huge obstacle as far as winning any matches on clay against guys 9-18 years younger

He may do some damage in any one of the pre-Wimby grass court events which are 3 setters.

So, most of his points would have to be earned during Wimby and the two HC stretches of the season.

His serve is still extremely lethal, but how does he plan to break serve against any top 50 player with his current level of court coverage?

His first and and second serve is still good enough to get him in position to finish off all those weak replies to his masterful serves. Then again, Hewitt and Safin ate up his first serves at the 00 & 01 USO finals, and this was back when he was good enough to take out Agassi, and Safin on his way to the 01 finals when he got blown off the court by Hewitt.

The larger racket heads will help him some, but not enough to compensate for the dramatic slowing of the these once super-fast surfaces.

Yes, improved fitness would help his cause, but the way players today just eat net targets for breakfast, the only shot in his arsenal which can coax the type of weak replies that will allow him to simply rush the net and cut off the meek reply is his first serve. As good as his second serve was/is, it's not good enough to rob his opponent of enough time to force an error or get a sitting duck for an easy put away.

His forehand is still lethal, but still a low percentage shot when he starts trying to paint the lines. He was always used to using his killer S&V combo to hold serve, and the big forehand as well as a lot chip/charge tactics to get the breaks he needed.

The deal breaker is the backhand. Even in his prime, his drive backhand was a very inconsistent shot. It now looks several orders of magnitude worse. Considering that he will be involved in far more back court rallies today than he did during his hey-day, his chances of winning long rallies against any top pro is unlikely. Pummeling the weaker wing (especially one handed BH's) , over and over to break it down completely, is a strategy that is very prevalent today, and it would take it's toll on Pete, especially in a best of 5 match.

Even if he trained like a madman, did all the right things to prepare himself physically, No way would Pete crack the top 20 now.
 

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Top 100, maybe. He's definitely a step slower and the game is so physical now. His serve can be broken more now that it could before, especially as the match gets longer, and there are a LOT of players who can take advantage of that. He still wants to play attacking tennis, but he may not be able to get up there fast enough to really hurt anyone, and he would get passed all the time. With the wildcards he would get from the US tournaments, he could get enough points to get into the Top 200 and probably 100, but I don't see him winning a whole lot of matches at the slams, not even Wimbledon.

Pete is a great champion, but his time on tour has passed. Glad to see him playing again, but he knows his place is on the Senior Tour now and these exhibition matches are just reinforcing that.
That pretty much says it all.:yeah:
 

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Ranking is largely dependant on how many tournaments you can play and do well in. His age would keep him from being highly ranked since he would not be able to perform consistently.

I think he'd beat plenty of top 20 players on faster surfaces when he was fresh ... assuming he took it that seriously.
 

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The score of last exhibition means nothing, imagine if fed trashed sampras 6-0 6-0 what about next two matches....
 

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Possibly the top 50 with that serve. We don't even know how much training he has been doing, and yet he took more games off Federer than several top 10 players have managed recently.
ofcourse he took more games, it was an exho..

i dont think he would be top 100
 

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Possibly the top 50 with that serve. We don't even know how much training he has been doing, and yet he took more games off Federer than several top 10 players have managed recently.
Yeah, Federer saves his best tennis for the exhos which is why he lost to Roddick at Kooyong.
 

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Certain posters here believe that if Sampras was in his prime he would be with Federer as the tours 2nd best claycourt player of today.
 

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But Federer wasn't giving his all. It's pretty obvious that he didn't want to make Sampras look bad. The score of that match means nothing.
Totally agree. Federer used to beat Pete when Pete was at his best. But he respects Pete enough to not make him go out there and look like a fool. Federer is a true gentleman.

Pete has the mental fortitude to make Top 50. But guys would enjoy the chance to finally beat him so his second career won't last longer than a New York minute. Players would enjoy trying to crush him and the risk of injury would be very high. I don't think he's even last the year.
 

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From 100 to 200.

Serve isnt enough thesedays. :rolleyes:
And moving like a train.
 

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I don't think he would win any matches on clay. And at the majors, I don't think he would go far playing 5 sets.
But he could probably serve and volley himself into the top 200.
 

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What a question? He wouldn't play for 10000% sure. He not go play even you pay him $100 Millions for the return

But, if he does, Top 20 at least
 
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