Speaking ahead of tonight’s 2015 PowerShares Series event at in L.A., Pete Sampras lit a fire in the GOAT debate, declaring Roger Federer as the greatest in tennis history, based on the numbers.
“I think he was the most complete player we’ve seen,” Sampras told Vancouver’s CBC Radio. “He’s won on all surfaces. He’s tough. He moves well. He’s got a big game. He’s got a huge forehand. He just has the whole package. I think he dominated the game a lot more than I ever did.
“You look at the numbers of what he’s been able to do, you have to say he’s the greatest we’ve seen. The statistics of doing all-around court play, he can do a lot of different things. He can come in, can stay back, and he can do everything. He would be a tough match-up to beat. He’s a great competitive. He’s been ambassador to the sport. He’s done it the right way.”
The 33-year-old Federer is enjoying a few weeks off after a second straight runner-up finish at Indian Wells. Federer is expected back in Monte Carlo next month.
“As you get older it gets tougher,” Sampras said. “You’re seeing that now. Roger is 33. He’s been out there a number of years and you can have a bad day a little more often and that’s what happened against Seppi. It gets tougher. I know. I experienced it. It’s just traveling and jet lag and it will wear you down. I just think you’re seeing that happening with Roger.”
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