7/28/09 9:37 PM | Johan Lindahl
Pete Sampras has quietly admitted surprise that his mark of 14 Grand Slam singles title was smashed by Roger Federer. And the envious American says he expects the Swiss to continue the run to glory for years to come.
"When I was done (with my career), I felt I'd put up some numbers no one would touch," said the 37-year-old, who watched from Wimbledon's Royal box three weeks ago as Federer lifted historic No. 15 with a win over Andy Roddick.
"But little did I know Roger would surpass me in seven years. He saw 14 as his goal. Records are made to be broken. I believe in that. I also can't do anything about it. My days are over but I'm content with my 14.
"I'm still amazed at what Roger has been able to do, it's incredible."
Sampras, who lost a Los Angeles exhibition re-run of 2000 US Open final where he was beaten by Marat Safin, said that new father Federer also should not find his twin daughters any distraction to his powerful tennis.
"He'll hit the road as soon as he can," joked the American. "I'm sure he will start playing 40 weeks a year. I can't see Roger changing diapers at 4 a.m. at the US Open. I'm sure they will have help. I don't think fatherhood will affect his game.
"It's a life-changer, but he's focused on his tennis. He'll keep doing what's he's done the past few years."
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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