• Sampras says Federer can go on and on in the game

    3/31/11 1:24 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Sampras says Federer can go on and on in the game Pete Sampras believes Roger Federer will last a lot longer in his career than he did, calling the Swiss a "young" 29 compared to himself at that age 11 a decade ago.

    "He’s still very much out there playing week in and week out and I’m amazed by that," said Sampras, who retired in 2002 after turning 31, going out on a high note with a concluding US Open title over longtime rival Andre Agassi. "He's much younger 29 than I was. I just felt a little more burned out. I see that as a big difference and will enable him to be competitive for many years."

    Sampras and Federer met up at the start of the month in Los Angeles for a friendly hit prior to the hardcourt Masters 1000 run at Indian Wells and Miami.

    Sampras admits that motivation was tough for him toward the end of his playing day, a problem which he does not see in Federer. "For as Roger wants to play, he will be competitive," said Sampras. "When I didn’t win a tournament for a couple years, I felt a much bigger drop-off, where I was struggling week in and week out. I didn’t have that motivation.

    "Roger is just a little more hungry, a little more eager than I was at the same stage. He’s obviously dealing with some players who have gotten better but I think he’ll be fine."

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