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  • Sampras admits he thought his records would stand test of time

    7/28/09 9:37 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Sampras admits he thought his records would stand test of time 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."



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"as Federer lifted historic No. 16 with a win over Andy Roddick."

I have it on good authority that Roger Federer has won fifteen Grand Slams, not sixteen.

Mr. Lindahl, your continuous streak of slipshod copy editing remains intact! Surely THIS record will never be broken! ;)

-Arvis

Arvis , 7/28/09 10:40 PM


johan...i think you meant to say...'historic win...no...15'......

some incredible comments out there right now coming from both sampras and wilander...et al..........about Federer.......saying how focused his game is....of course no one really knows how he is going to be until he gets back onto court...but seems to have the thumbs up from the experts....go roger!

i think also when you bear in mind that federer has halved the time it took to win 15 slams over 6 years....rather than 14 over 12 years...which is what sampras is recognising is just awesome......

Wilander: Federer will keep on winning
Eurosport - Tue, 28 Jul 19:57:00 2009

Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander believes that Roger Federer has years of tennis dominance ahead of him, despite the births of twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.


Sampras: Twins won't affect Federer

In 1988 Wilander enjoyed a Federer-like year, winning three Grand Slam titles in the space of 12 months - but after hitting the heights he burnt out completely, and never again seriously challenged at the highest level.

But the Swedish legend believes that Federer's current approach will keep him fresh - and that he can add to his record tally of 15 Grand Slam titles.

"I think if Federer keeps playing the way he is now he's going to run away so far that nobody will ever catch him in terms of Grand Slam titles," said Wilander.

"Of course he has to stay physically healthy but he has introduced a new, stronger mindset to his game. Suddenly it's more fun to play tennis for him," he added.

"Roger has taken the sport to a different level. He now shows up on the court thinking he's going to beat his opponent not only in terms of physical strength but also in the mind. I really hope he wins 20 majors."

malteser1 , 7/28/09 10:44 PM


I thought I was untouchable, says Sampras
By Scott Williams (AFP) ? 2 hours ago

LOS ANGELES, California ? American tennis legend Pete Sampras has admitted he was surprised when what he thought would be his untouchable mark of 14 Grand Slam singles titles was smashed three weeks ago by Roger Federer.

And the envious American, retired and living the good life in California with lots of golf and a touch of tennis, says he expects the Swiss master 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 Sampras, who was beaten by Marat Safin on Monday night in a Los Angeles exhibition, a replay of the 2000 US Open final won by the then up and coming Russian.

Sampras, who watched from Wimbledon's Royal box on July 5 as Federer lifted his historic 15th Grand Slam title with a win over Andy Roddick, said he was somewhat shocked - in a good way.

"Little did I know Roger would surpass me in seven years," said Sampras, who set the mark of 14 with a defeat of Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final just before retiring from the sport.

"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 also spared a thought for the devasted Roddick, who has now lost three Wimbledon finals to Federer.

"We all felt bad for Andy, he was distraught. He played so well and had his chances. But Roger was so stable and had more at the end. It was pretty cool for me - the future of sport is bright.

"Roger will win some more after 15. But Andy's performance was worthy of having his name (engraved) on that trophy.

Sampras also said that even though he has become a father for the first time that Federer should not find his twin daughters, born last week in Zurich, any distraction to his 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."

This article seems remarkably similar johan.......

malteser1 , 7/28/09 10:50 PM


"LET THE ONE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!" --- aren't we ALL guilty at one time or the other of COPYING something from somehwere and posting it as if IT WERE OURS? VERY QUICK to clean your hands from the sin we all are guilty of!

agf25agf , 7/29/09 12:44 AM


I wouldn't blame Johan if he mistyped 15 and 16. Fed's won too much Slams it's easy to miscount it... ^^

FED's THE BEST!!

torres9 , 7/29/09 7:23 AM


agf...what ARE you talking about man? Johan's article has been copied you idiot! stop ya carping and start ya reading properly...

malteser1 , 7/29/09 10:37 AM


Mr. Johan Lindahl, question for you, how someone could dare to give the 'names' to other participants over here (Johan's article has been copied you idiot?!?!?!)
As I said, double standards existing over here, just following comments of that one, realizing she's the only one who can insult people, it's a mental harassment reading her exposes all the time.
Just two of her master degrees: malteser 6/19/09 10:36 AM Borg tips Federer to re- take Wimbledon crown: At the end of never ending story..it's just bullshit...plain and simple.
malteser 6/20/09 7:29AM Nada to decide soon on Wimbledon participation...your ridiculous...you need some serious therapy dude...
So, I'm hardly waiting to see what it's going to be, get some action regarding that person, cause 90% of people over here can't stand her at all.
Somehow, I do know you won't take any action, but I just wanted to share it with you and the others, regards from sunny Belgrade...

gordana , 7/29/09 11:18 AM


This is why talk about GOAT is ridiculous, because time is infinity, it will go on and on, and bigger and better things will happen. Whilst 15 GS seems great, it isn't really that great when you consider that Steffi has over 20. So let's stop talking about a GOAT, there is no such thing. At least, Sampras was the greatest amongst his peers, no one can say that about Roger.

carrie , 7/29/09 11:24 AM


gordana....what exactly IS your problem 'lady'.....the very fact that you save and save and save posts from months and months ago...shows how seriously deranged you are...and if you really had some thing to say...(which you don't...other than constantly criticising me (more than most)....why do you do it? AGF made a comment which was wrong...AGF on more than one occasion (tho' a lot more concillatory than ever before...)...terrible comments from the rafa camp and he he/she will be the first to admit that...yet no criticism from you gorgeous G...one rule for one...one for another? and trust me babe....your sour, bitter, comments went to TT a lonnnngggg time ago....so dont try your ridiculous threats.....I've had a lovely few days away from fakefans like you who do nothing to add to a TT forum 'cept criticise..that's ALL you do...you get off on it gorgeous G....New Year's resolution.....try to make one...it might cleanse your warped spirit....talk tennis G..and if you have a problem...take it up with AGF...not me...

I found it extremely strange that when Novak lost...lost and lost some more...there was ZERO from you....why? (because you had nothing to say...)...so you save up posts from me and then fly in here to give your own BS because you have nothing to do....Trust me gorgeous G, yours are much much worse....and you speak for 90% of the population do you? WOW...i am in such GREAT company.....WHY don't you actually comment on the fact that AGF had a dig FIRST.....don't you get it G? Is it the fact that when some rafa fan criticises a fedfan....gets it wrong....and then you automatically come on and vent your spleen...lady...seriously....cool it....cool it...and cool it some more.....

if you want to be a spokeswoman...get back to 'sunny' belgrade and sort out Novak's game....in fact...what exactly IS happening with Novak right now gorgeous G? are you distracting him with your barbed comments or something...or was your 'prolonged absence' due to your inability to say anything remotely tennis related about federer other than to slate him at every opportunity....you really do need to get your language skills honed my friend.....

malteser1 , 7/29/09 11:37 AM


Alright, I've had enough

Administrator , 7/29/09 12:11 PM


?!?!?! Ok. Whatever it means...

gordana , 7/29/09 12:34 PM


I don't think Sampras is envious - shocked, maybe. And thanks Arvis - ohsotired of articles not proofed. Malty - welcome back!

Rafterfan , 7/29/09 3:04 PM


I've said it once, I'll say it again. Who cares what Sampras says?
There's plenty of tennis to go around, even without the top players on stage, to have to make a headline about what Sampras says or says not.
I wish Johan Lindahl stopped coming up with these cheap threads...

Shireling , 7/29/09 8:32 PM


Shireling, it's called copy and paste LOL. Not an original thought, but there is usually plenty of discussion on that unoriginal thought!

Rafterfan , 7/29/09 9:12 PM


Ok, seriously, I don't see anything wrong with Mr. Lindahl writing and posting this piece for Tennistalk. It's not "unorigina," guys. It's news. EVERYONE reports news, and (as far as I know) everyone gets it from the same source: the Associated Press. There are plenty of people who pretty much check TT exclusively for news tidbits. So how is Johan "coming up with cheap threads" just because he is reporting a common (but pertinent) tennis news piece?

I DO wish Tennistalk had a better copy editor, though.

-Arvis

Arvis , 7/29/09 10:00 PM


malteser--- DOES it HURT??? You're so GUILTY your reaction says it all! I DID mean Johan's article was copied, that's why I asked whosoever didn't DO THAT ever I*N*C*L*U*D*I*N*G Y*O*U* M*A*L*T*E*S*E*R!!! --- SO WHO"S THE I*D*I*O*T now? YOU SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH FOR THAT STUPIDITY!

agf25agf , 7/30/09 12:24 AM


There have been some peaceful thread without you around!!! HOW I WISH YOU DISAPPEAR ....A*G*A*I*N....for GOOD! LOL!!!

agf25agf , 7/30/09 12:32 AM


I agree with Arvis. How many times has someone posted the "full transcript" of an article that Johan has used? Answer: Many times. Did Johan claim anywhere in this article that Sampras said all that exclusively to him? For those that read many articles, you have to admit that half of an article is a reuse of another one. People, especially bloggers and fans, will combine 2-3 separate interviews to make one article that supports their view. How is that any different to what Johan did?

fan4tennis , 7/30/09 3:20 AM


f4t - EXACTLY!!!

agf25agf , 7/31/09 1:08 AM


I don't agree this time. He doesn't even credit his source, when it's pretty much word for word what he copies. Ricky, Cheryl, Kelli actually write their articles/blogs. When one of us posts an article, it's ok because we aren't paid to WRITE for tennistalk, right (not to mentioned that almost every time, the author and source are CREDITED!).

I don't want to argue over this tho. I do think Johan posts 'articles' that people do want to discuss, so it's not so bad, ok?

Rafterfan , 7/31/09 7:14 AM


"YOU SHOULD BE STONED TO DEATH FOR THAT STUPIDITY!"

User account deleted.

Administrator , 7/31/09 10:21 AM


What a horrible crass comment, whoever you are. It's not a figure of speach, it's a reality for some women in some parts of the world. Shame.

deuce , 7/31/09 11:37 AM


Administrator, has malteser been evicted from tennistalk?

cable , 7/31/09 1:15 PM


Dang, I missed the action! Deuce - who was the culprit?

Rafterfan , 7/31/09 2:25 PM


Haha.. admin is showing who's the boss now.... ^^.. Order is finally restored!!

torres9 , 7/31/09 4:13 PM


deuce,
the person who said that probably is from one of those parts of the world. that explains a lot of things and this individual exhibits a highly unstable mind. good that the administrator has standards although they will probably come back with another user name. cheers.

chr18 , 7/31/09 6:13 PM


Rafterfan: one and two posts up from fan4t.

deuce , 7/31/09 8:00 PM


Thx deuce. So, did I read some big names pulled out of Legg Mason next week? (moving on....)

Rafterfan , 8/1/09 12:29 AM



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