In a conference call today to promote his March match against rival Andre Agassi, tennis great Pete Sampras said that Rafael Nadal could eclipse Roger Federer’s 16 career Slam mark. ADHEREL
Said Sampras, “If he’s smart with his schedule and the fact that he has so many at such a young age, he could very well do it.”
Sampras, who won 14 Slams, still says the 29-year-old Federer remains a factor.
“He’s (Federer) a strong favorite for every major he plays. He had two match points against Djokovic. … He could very well have been in the final. He’s playing fine, I don’t see any big decline. Other guys are playing better. The next two or three years is a challenging time.”
As for who’s the best (GOAT!), Pete tiptoed around the question.
“Everyone wants to name the one guy,” he said. “The way I look at all sports, especially tennis, is that each generation has their own guy.
“Rafa’s definitely up there,” he added. “You gotta put him in the top three or four and it’s not over yet. He’s in the middle of his career.”
So Pete clearly doesn’t make Rafa out to be the best (Top 3 or 4) right now, but he gives the Spaniard a shot especially at his age.
Interesting comments from the guy.
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“Everyone wants to name the one guy,” he said. “The way I look at all sports, especially tennis, is that each generation has their own guy.”
This is why I just couldn’t buy all that GOAT hype. Each to his own.
September 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm