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Date: 30 Jan 2009 17:16:36
From: wkhedr
Subject: Sampras (interview) on Nadal "but Nadal's an animal. This guy, he
AP Interview: Sampras thought Slam mark would last
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR2009013003223.html
By HOWARD FENDRICH
The Associated Press
Friday, January 30, 2009; 6:30 PM

-- When Pete Sampras called it quits after winning his 14th Grand Slam
singles title, he was certain that record would stand for quite some
time.

Enter, Roger Federer.

"I really thought that 14 would be a number that would be very tough
to tie and break," Sampras said Friday in a telephone interview with
The Associated Press, "but Roger just came along and dominated the
game much more than I ever did."

Indeed, Sampras thinks Federer could wind up with as many as 18 or 19
major championships.

Federer owns 13 as of now, and he can equal Sampras' career total by
beating nemesis Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final Sunday.
Sampras gives Federer a slight edge in what he called "a pick-'em
match" _ "60-40 for Roger," Sampras said, "but Nadal's an animal. This
guy, he won't quit."

As he has in the past, Sampras noted that if anyone was going to match
or surpass him, it might as well be Federer, someone he considers a
friend.

Still, Sampras does not plan to watch the whole final on TV.

He is, after all, at home in Los Angeles with his family, which
includes two children, ages 3 and 6. Because of the time difference,
play will begin at nearly 1 a.m. his time.

Too late for Dad to stay up to find out who wins.

"It's tricky. Maybe I'll try to catch the first set or so," Sampras
said. "But with two kids waking up pretty early, I need to sort of get
a little rest."

Perhaps that approach also is shaped by what Sampras considers an
inevitability to Federer's march toward the milestone. It was sometime
in 2006, as Federer's count reached eight Grand Slam titles, that
Sampras began to realize he was going to be No. 2 on the list someday


"I don't sit and watch and hope he loses," Sampras said. "I just don't
believe in rooting against people _ I never did, even when I played. I
believe it's bad karma."

He sent a text message after Federer won his semifinal in Australia
this week and plans to make a congratulatory phone call if the Swiss
star gets No. 14. But Pistol Pete isn't sure whether he would make the
trek to his old stomping grounds at Wimbledon if Federer heads to the
All England Club this summer with a chance to break the record.

Their lone head-to-head match on tour came at Wimbledon in 2001, when
Federer upset Sampras on Centre Court. Like many a fan, Sampras wishes
their careers could have overlapped more: "My game would have matched
up pretty well against Roger's," he said.

At age 27 _ about 4 1/2 years younger than Sampras was when he
collected his final Slam trophy at the 2002 U.S. Open _ Federer could
have several more Slam titles in him, Sampras said. While Roy
Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam titles stood for 32 years before
Sampras tied it in 1999, Sampras expects his time alone at the top to
come to an end after less than a decade.

Sampras figures Federer could hold onto the record for longer, maybe
forever, for two principal reasons: Federer will wind up with so many
titles, and his talent, dedication and consistency are rare.

"Tennis is his No. 1 priority and he probably _ like I did in my prime
_ lives, breathes tennis. That's the way you've got to be, and I think
a lot of players aren't willing to sacrifice all that it takes to win
multiple, multiple majors," Sampras said. "Roger is one who has the
game and also is willing to prioritize his life to be the best player
in the world and win 15, 17, 19 majors _ whatever it's going to be. So
it's incredible. I know what it takes. And there's not many of us
around."


Ask Federer to rank who the best players in history are and he won't
take the bait, saying something like what he said in Australia this
week: "Probably never quite know who was the greatest of all-time in
tennis, and I think that's quite intriguing as well."

Sampras, in contrast, was willing to take up the topic.

He tabs four men as the greatest, in no particular order: Rod Laver,
Bjorn Borg, Federer and Sampras.

"Four guys that dominated their generations more than anyone else,"
said the 37-year-old Sampras, who will be playing Outback Champions
Series matches in Boston next month and in Mexico in March.

That tour helps him keep in shape these days, and he insists has no
regrets about not sticking around on the real tour longer than he
did.

"Would I love for my record to stand? Absolutely," Sampras said. "But
there's nothing I can do it about it today. Just sit back and watch
(Federer) do it."

Or go to sleep at a reasonable hour, get up when the kids do, and wait
for the afternoon replay on TV.






 
Date: 30 Jan 2009 17:18:13
From:
Subject: Re: Sampras (interview) on Nadal "but Nadal's an animal. This guy, he
On Jan 30, 8:16=A0pm, wkhedr <wkh...@my-deja.com > wrote:
> AP Interview: Sampras thought Slam mark would lasthttp://www.washingtonpo=
st.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR200...
> By HOWARD FENDRICH
> The Associated Press
> Friday, January 30, 2009; 6:30 PM
>
> -- When Pete Sampras called it quits after winning his 14th Grand Slam
> singles title, he was certain that record would stand for quite some
> time.
>
> Enter, Roger Federer.
>
> "I really thought that 14 would be a number that would be very tough
> to tie and break," Sampras said Friday in a telephone interview with
> The Associated Press, "but Roger just came along and dominated the
> game much more than I ever did."
>
> Indeed, Sampras thinks Federer could wind up with as many as 18 or 19
> major championships.
>
> Federer owns 13 as of now, and he can equal Sampras' career total by
> beating nemesis Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final Sunday.
> Sampras gives Federer a slight edge in what he called "a pick-'em
> match" _ "60-40 for Roger," Sampras said, "but Nadal's an animal. This
> guy, he won't quit."
>
> As he has in the past, Sampras noted that if anyone was going to match
> or surpass him, it might as well be Federer, someone he considers a
> friend.
>
> Still, Sampras does not plan to watch the whole final on TV.
>
> He is, after all, at home in Los Angeles with his family, which
> includes two children, ages 3 and 6. Because of the time difference,
> play will begin at nearly 1 a.m. his time.
>
> Too late for Dad to stay up to find out who wins.
>
> "It's tricky. Maybe I'll try to catch the first set or so," Sampras
> said. "But with two kids waking up pretty early, I need to sort of get
> a little rest."
>
> Perhaps that approach also is shaped by what Sampras considers an
> inevitability to Federer's march toward the milestone. It was sometime
> in 2006, as Federer's count reached eight Grand Slam titles, that
> Sampras began to realize he was going to be No. 2 on the list someday
>
> "I don't sit and watch and hope he loses," Sampras said. "I just don't
> believe in rooting against people _ I never did, even when I played. I
> believe it's bad karma."
>
> He sent a text message after Federer won his semifinal in Australia
> this week and plans to make a congratulatory phone call if the Swiss
> star gets No. 14. But Pistol Pete isn't sure whether he would make the
> trek to his old stomping grounds at Wimbledon if Federer heads to the
> All England Club this summer with a chance to break the record.
>
> Their lone head-to-head match on tour came at Wimbledon in 2001, when
> Federer upset Sampras on Centre Court. Like many a fan, Sampras wishes
> their careers could have overlapped more: "My game would have matched
> up pretty well against Roger's," he said.
>
> At age 27 _ about 4 1/2 years younger than Sampras was when he
> collected his final Slam trophy at the 2002 U.S. Open _ Federer could
> have several more Slam titles in him, Sampras said. While Roy
> Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam titles stood for 32 years before
> Sampras tied it in 1999, Sampras expects his time alone at the top to
> come to an end after less than a decade.
>
> Sampras figures Federer could hold onto the record for longer, maybe
> forever, for two principal reasons: Federer will wind up with so many
> titles, and his talent, dedication and consistency are rare.
>
> "Tennis is his No. 1 priority and he probably _ like I did in my prime
> _ lives, breathes tennis. That's the way you've got to be, and I think
> a lot of players aren't willing to sacrifice all that it takes to win
> multiple, multiple majors," Sampras said. "Roger is one who has the
> game and also is willing to prioritize his life to be the best player
> in the world and win 15, 17, 19 majors _ whatever it's going to be. So
> it's incredible. I know what it takes. And there's not many of us
> around."
>
> Ask Federer to rank who the best players in history are and he won't
> take the bait, saying something like what he said in Australia this
> week: "Probably never quite know who was the greatest of all-time in
> tennis, and I think that's quite intriguing as well."
>
> Sampras, in contrast, was willing to take up the topic.
>
> He tabs four men as the greatest, in no particular order: Rod Laver,
> Bjorn Borg, Federer and Sampras.
>
> "Four guys that dominated their generations more than anyone else,"
> said the 37-year-old Sampras, who will be playing Outback Champions
> Series matches in Boston next month and in Mexico in March.
>
> That tour helps him keep in shape these days, and he insists has no
> regrets about not sticking around on the real tour longer than he
> did.
>
> "Would I love for my record to stand? Absolutely," Sampras said. "But
> there's nothing I can do it about it today. Just sit back and watch
> (Federer) do it."
>
> Or go to sleep at a reasonable hour, get up when the kids do, and wait
> for the afternoon replay on TV.

Just a matter of time before Sampras texts Nadal to play exos with him.


  
Date: 30 Jan 2009 22:47:01
From: stephenj
Subject: Re: Sampras (interview) on Nadal "but Nadal's an animal. This guy,
blueskates1111@aol.com wrote:
> On Jan 30, 8:16 pm, wkhedr <wkh...@my-deja.com> wrote:
>> AP Interview: Sampras thought Slam mark would lasthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR200...
>> By HOWARD FENDRICH
>> The Associated Press
>> Friday, January 30, 2009; 6:30 PM
>>
>> -- When Pete Sampras called it quits after winning his 14th Grand Slam
>> singles title, he was certain that record would stand for quite some
>> time.
>>
>> Enter, Roger Federer.
>>
>> "I really thought that 14 would be a number that would be very tough
>> to tie and break," Sampras said Friday in a telephone interview with
>> The Associated Press, "but Roger just came along and dominated the
>> game much more than I ever did."
>>
>> Indeed, Sampras thinks Federer could wind up with as many as 18 or 19
>> major championships.
>>
>> Federer owns 13 as of now, and he can equal Sampras' career total by
>> beating nemesis Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final Sunday.
>> Sampras gives Federer a slight edge in what he called "a pick-'em
>> match" _ "60-40 for Roger," Sampras said, "but Nadal's an animal. This
>> guy, he won't quit."
>>
>> As he has in the past, Sampras noted that if anyone was going to match
>> or surpass him, it might as well be Federer, someone he considers a
>> friend.
>>
>> Still, Sampras does not plan to watch the whole final on TV.
>>
>> He is, after all, at home in Los Angeles with his family, which
>> includes two children, ages 3 and 6. Because of the time difference,
>> play will begin at nearly 1 a.m. his time.
>>
>> Too late for Dad to stay up to find out who wins.
>>
>> "It's tricky. Maybe I'll try to catch the first set or so," Sampras
>> said. "But with two kids waking up pretty early, I need to sort of get
>> a little rest."
>>
>> Perhaps that approach also is shaped by what Sampras considers an
>> inevitability to Federer's march toward the milestone. It was sometime
>> in 2006, as Federer's count reached eight Grand Slam titles, that
>> Sampras began to realize he was going to be No. 2 on the list someday
>>
>> "I don't sit and watch and hope he loses," Sampras said. "I just don't
>> believe in rooting against people _ I never did, even when I played. I
>> believe it's bad karma."
>>
>> He sent a text message after Federer won his semifinal in Australia
>> this week and plans to make a congratulatory phone call if the Swiss
>> star gets No. 14. But Pistol Pete isn't sure whether he would make the
>> trek to his old stomping grounds at Wimbledon if Federer heads to the
>> All England Club this summer with a chance to break the record.
>>
>> Their lone head-to-head match on tour came at Wimbledon in 2001, when
>> Federer upset Sampras on Centre Court. Like many a fan, Sampras wishes
>> their careers could have overlapped more: "My game would have matched
>> up pretty well against Roger's," he said.
>>
>> At age 27 _ about 4 1/2 years younger than Sampras was when he
>> collected his final Slam trophy at the 2002 U.S. Open _ Federer could
>> have several more Slam titles in him, Sampras said. While Roy
>> Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam titles stood for 32 years before
>> Sampras tied it in 1999, Sampras expects his time alone at the top to
>> come to an end after less than a decade.
>>
>> Sampras figures Federer could hold onto the record for longer, maybe
>> forever, for two principal reasons: Federer will wind up with so many
>> titles, and his talent, dedication and consistency are rare.
>>
>> "Tennis is his No. 1 priority and he probably _ like I did in my prime
>> _ lives, breathes tennis. That's the way you've got to be, and I think
>> a lot of players aren't willing to sacrifice all that it takes to win
>> multiple, multiple majors," Sampras said. "Roger is one who has the
>> game and also is willing to prioritize his life to be the best player
>> in the world and win 15, 17, 19 majors _ whatever it's going to be. So
>> it's incredible. I know what it takes. And there's not many of us
>> around."
>>
>> Ask Federer to rank who the best players in history are and he won't
>> take the bait, saying something like what he said in Australia this
>> week: "Probably never quite know who was the greatest of all-time in
>> tennis, and I think that's quite intriguing as well."
>>
>> Sampras, in contrast, was willing to take up the topic.
>>
>> He tabs four men as the greatest, in no particular order: Rod Laver,
>> Bjorn Borg, Federer and Sampras.
>>
>> "Four guys that dominated their generations more than anyone else,"
>> said the 37-year-old Sampras, who will be playing Outback Champions
>> Series matches in Boston next month and in Mexico in March.
>>
>> That tour helps him keep in shape these days, and he insists has no
>> regrets about not sticking around on the real tour longer than he
>> did.
>>
>> "Would I love for my record to stand? Absolutely," Sampras said. "But
>> there's nothing I can do it about it today. Just sit back and watch
>> (Federer) do it."
>>
>> Or go to sleep at a reasonable hour, get up when the kids do, and wait
>> for the afternoon replay on TV.
>
> Just a matter of time before Sampras texts Nadal to play exos with him.

lol ... and you're probably right.



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