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Federer to battle Sampras in clash of legends

post #1 of 14
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http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slu...v=st&type=lgns

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Ticker) -- Two of the greatest tennis players in history will face off in Kuala Lumpur when Roger Federer meets Pete Sampras as part of Malaysia's 50th anniversary of independence celebrations.


Awesome. Just a glimpse of what ifs... How can you not cheer for the underdog(aka Sampras... <== I can't believe I just called Sampras an underdog)
post #2 of 14
Sounds like the plot to "Rocky Balboa" - i just hope Pete puts up a good fight.

I'd pay more to see Michael Chang vs Martina Hingis - that would be fun!
post #3 of 14
I am absolutely going to watch that! Nothing against Federer, but I want Sampras to win.
post #4 of 14
I think most people would like to see a hard-fought whopping 5-setter. It'd be great to see a repeat of their previous match, this time maybe with Pete winning as the underdog.

Either way, it's gonna be a great spectacle, no doubt.
post #5 of 14
Thats great.. Pssst.... Pete... Don't give him ANY forehands. POUND the snot outta his weak side. Gotta root for the old man in this one!

Bring back Borg - McEnroe, Center court, All England Club. Sergio Tacchini -VS- Fila, Dunlop -VS- Donnay, Lady Di, Charles, Pappa McEnroe, Marriana Borg... Great stuff

Connors -VS- Nastase
Chang -VS- Lendl, Roland Garros

Those were some of the most intense matches I've ever seen. Along with that Roddick - El-Enaue (sp?) match in Australia a couple years ago.
post #6 of 14
Thanks for the link!! If it is going to be a ppv event, I will pay for it. Although, Pete is well past his prime. This will be an easy match for Federer, but Pete might bring up an upset.
post #7 of 14
It says their going play three matches. This should be interesting.

Pete isn't in in his tennis prime, but 35 ain't George Burns either. Without a tennis year or two week tournament wearing his legs, he could give a good show.

What a match-up. I just PM'ed Genetic the other day about how top Pete would do against top Roger.

At first, I was inclined to pick Federer. But after some thought, I am leaning toward Sampras on any surface except clay. With his serve, he locked down matches. He was so good in his prime, I remember him toying with Agassi at the open by playing back court.
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post

What a match-up. I just PM'ed Genetic the other day about how top Pete would do against top Roger.

At first, I was inclined to pick Federer.....
And I did not choose if I remember correctly....


Roger is too «young/sharp/on top of the game/name it» to be seriously threaten by Pete. But as all great servers Pete will wins many games without Roger being in the difficult position of choosing between humiliating a fellow legend and faking having a decent opposition. Not like Connors beating the Hell of Ken Rosewall here.

But when you loose «high gear» timing, as probably Pete has, the outcome is not incertain unless Roger is REALY a nice guy....

Amicalement


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Bring back....Marriana Borg...
LOL...I chocked on that one.....
post #9 of 14
^ I have to agree with that. But Genetic, let's say a time machine is invented and 90's Pete would play today's Roger.

Who would win that one? Genetic smartly deflected it last time.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post
^ I have to agree with that. But Genetic, let's say a time machine is invented and 90's Pete would play today's Roger.

Who would win that one? Genetic smartly deflected it last time.
(This is an evidence that I'm not that smart.... ) I will choose.

In my playing time I always had the outmost fear for big servers. They work less for their paycheck and their opposition has to:

1) work a lot harder,

2) have to endure the mental fatigue of knowing that the big server will patiently wait for the only thing they need and are planning: one break each set. How frustrating.....

Using a time machine it would probably be in the advantage of Pete more often than Roger.

Amicalement

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Originally Posted by Jahn View Post
Sounds like the plot to "Rocky Balboa" ....
Janh it's Babolat not Balboa...;-)

http://www.babolat.fr/
post #11 of 14
Keep in mind it's really hot and humid in Malaysia, and i suspect Federer is fitter than Sampras.
post #12 of 14
What are the odds? I might bet on Sampras for a big win
post #13 of 14
I'd love to see Becker or Wilander in their prime against Federer on Grass. All were great shot makers, and at 17-18 Boris had an element of explosive power to his game.

Jimbo had the right idea... marrying a playboy model
post #14 of 14
Being that it would be more of an exhibition rather than competition, I think Federer would still win. Sampras hasn't been playing tennis competitively for a while, no? But, I'm sure he'll still keep up with Federer's volleys.
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