About the only thing interesting to come out of the much-ballyhooed Roger Federer-Pete Sampras three-leg exo series thus far are some comments from Federer on Pete’s ability.
Said Federer today after a 7-6, 7-6 win over Sampras in Kuala Lumpur: “It was very difficult to read his serve … I think if he was still playing he would be a top five player.”
Pete a Top 5 player according to Fed? Wow. That’s a pretty strong statement. Whether he’s just saying that to massage Pete’s ego or he truly means it, is up for some debate.
But if he means it, what Fed is saying is that if Pete got into shape, played a full season on the circuit his results would be on par with an Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko. That means going deep into Slams, and winning titles, and putting up wins over Top 20/Top 10 players.
That’s asking a lot of a 36-year-old. However, I guess if Ivo Karlovic can be on the verge of the Top 20, and John Isner can reach Tour finals, I can see why Roger thinks Pete would have success. But Top 5?
Frankly, I would disagree. I could see Pete in the Top 30, but not Top 5. Then again, who am I to fight the Fed?
I should also congratulate Roger for crushing everyone in the Tennis Masters Cup after that opening group loss to Gonzo. I missed the semifinals and finals (was on vacation, which I’m still on!), but from what I’ve read he was virtually untouchable. I guess he’s really starting to follow Pete’s lead by saving his best tennis for the bigger events.
Back to the Turkey day functions!
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