The latest to come from Pete Sampras kind of disturbs me. According to Sampras, who just watched his record 14 Grand Slams get surpassed by Roger Federer comes out and says that he could beat Federer on grass if they were both in their prime.
Come on, Pete. You are better than this.
The reason that I take issue to this is because it doesn't matter who would beat who in a match. Federer holds the record now but that does not diminish what Sampras did. Sampras now just sounds like one of those sore losers who is trying to take shots at the person who passed the record. It's not like anyone thinks that Sampras isn't one of the greatest players to ever play the game, so why is he taking shots at Federer now? Roger would be the first to tell you how great of a champion Sampras is and how much he looks up to him.
He sounds like Hank Aaron and members of the 1972 undefeated Dolphins team. When Bonds passed Aaron for the all-time home run crown, Hank kept talking about how he wasn't going to show up, and how he did it the right way, and all this other nonsense. We all know Bonds cheated, but he still holds the record. And the Dolphins players when the Patriots were flirting with perfection (which by the way they should have achieved if it weren't for the luckiest catch in football history) kept talking about how much tougher and junk it was to play back then and all this other nonsense. Just shut up and support the greatness that is happening in front of you. And now we have Sampras taking a shot at Federer. Even though the shot is mild, the idea still remains the same.
At least this makes my opinion of 'Who is the greatest tennis player ever' a little bit easier. Until now both Sampras and Federer have shown how great of a champion they are on AND off the court. Now that Sampras seems like he's only a champ on the court and not off of it, there's only one conclusion to draw.