Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
Rafa has figured Roger out. To make the gains on surfaces other than clay is a true feat.
I guess it's inevitable that Federer will eventually win more finals to surpass Sampras, but the competition is getting much better in tennis, which will make it a little tougher to do so.
I'm going to get tarred and feathered for saying this, but Federer played nobody for 3 or 4 years there.
As much as I dislike Pete Sampras, he played in an age of some pretty tough competition- even though he somewhat dominated, on any given day there were players who could beat him.
I'm always surprised at the fact that tennis is not watched more in the U.S. There isn't a more demanding sport, and the things these guys can do with a tennis racket is nothing but amazing.
Federer is one of the greatest, if not the greatest tennis player of all time. It has taken Nadal quite a few years to catch up to Federer on all surfaces. Some has been Nadal getting better but some also has to do with Federer aging.
IMO the reason Americans haven't adapted tennis more is because there isn't a great American player. Roddick is a bum. The guy has more excuses for poor play than anyone I know. He seems more content to be the player and celebrity he is right now. If a dynamic American isn't at the top of Tennis Americans won't be compelled to watch the sport.