Pete Sampras Reiterates That Roger Federer Is The ‘Greatest’ Player That Tennis Has Ever Seen

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(L-R) Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils and Cedric Pioline of the Micromax Indian Aces share a moment during their match against the Singapore Slammers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in New Delhi, December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan
IN PHOTO: (L-R) Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils and Cedric Pioline of the Micromax Indian Aces share a moment during their match against the Singapore Slammers at the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in New Delhi, December 7, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi REUTERS

American tennis legend Pete Sampras has once again reiterated that his former on-court competitor Roger Federer is the “most complete” tennis player that the sporting world of tennis has ever seen. According to Sampras, Federer is simply the “greatest,” going by the numbers.

Federer’s achievements on the tennis court have been unparalleled. Having won in all court surfaces and being able to move so well on the tennis court, Sampras said that Federer just has the “complete package.” The retired American tennis player even admitted that Federer has dominated the game more than him.

“You look at the numbers of what he’s been able to do, you have to say he’s the greatest we’ve seen,” Sampras said of Federer during an interview with Vancouver’s CBC Radio ahead of his participation at the 2015 PowerShares Series Champions tennis event. “The statistics of doing all-around court play - he can do a lot of different things, he can come in, can stay back, and he can do everything.”

Sampras has retired from the sport at the age of 31. During his career, Sampras had a total of 14 grand slam titles. He had two Australian Open titles, seven Wimbledon titles, and five U.S. Open titles. Sampras won four consecutive Wimbledon trophies from 1997 to 2000. The only grand slam title that Sampras failed to win is the French Open. Sampras had won 64 singles career titles and two doubles career titles.

Federer, on the other hand, will turn 34 in August, but he shows no signs of slowing down. He already won two titles this season at the Brisbane International and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Federer’s Dubai crown was his 84th career singles title.

As for Federer’s grand slam record, he is a 17-time champion. He won four Australian Open titles, one French Open title, seven Wimbledon titles, and five U.S. Open titles. Federer has gone beyond Sampras in terms of consecutive victories in Wimbledon. Federer, tied with Bjorn Borg with five consecutive titles, won the Wimbledon from 2003 to 2007.

Sampras and Federer had only met once on professional tour, in the Round 16 of the 2001 Wimbledon. Federer won against Sampras, 7-6(7) 5-7 6-4 6-7(2) 7-5.

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