Pete Sampras was available to the media yesterday as a pre-tournament buildup to a match with Andre Agassi in London next month.
Sampras, who retired at age 31 after winning his 14th major at the US Open, remains in awe of what Federer, now 32, can still do.
“I’m amazed that he is up for more tennis,” Sampras said. “He has done everything in the game and he could walk away tomorrow feeling great about it. But he still wants to travel and compete and I’m in awe of it. He is a true lover of the sport.”
Sampras also said he that Federer can still win majors and even pass him at Wimbledon for an 8th title.
“Things need to fall into place,” he cautioned, “and he needs to play well but I do think he can do it (win a Grand Slam). I think it is what he’s playing for.”
Federer, who will play next week in Dubai, is still missing a singles Olympic gold and a Davis Cup title on his resume, but Sampras says he still has time.
“As long as Roger is enjoying it and he’s healthy, I can see him playing for another two, three, four more years,” Pete said.
The 8th-ranked Federer hasn’t won a title since Halle and hasn’t reached a Grand Slam final since his 2012 Wimbledon win.
After top 10 wins over Jo-Wilfied Tsonga and Andy Murray, Federer lost in the Australian Open to rival Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
“When you’re playing against Rafa and if you’re not quite on your game then it can seem like you’re struggling. Rafa is a rock. But I do see Roger building from that, I think he’s going to do well this year,” added Sampras.
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