The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

The greatest tennis rivalries: Pete Sampras vs Roger Federer

One of the best comparisons of tennis history can be between the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Looking at their career records, their career achievements are almost same. The biggest edge that Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has is that, he is still continuing his career where as Sampras got retired in 2002. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament where Sampras has an edge over Federer, other than that, Federer has either equaled or had broken record in rest of the three tournaments. Although these two players never really got the chance to play against each other that often but Federer by breaking all possible records of Sampras turned it into a rivalry. Over all performances of both the players are somewhat same yet proving the great capabilities of both the players to the maximum. Here is some general information about Pete Sampras and Roger Federer:

 

Federer

Sampras

Date of Birth:

August 8, 1981

August 12, 1971

Country:

Switzerland

United States

Career Singles Titles:

63

64

Career Doubles Titles:

7

2

Turned Pro in:

1998

1988

Career Prize Money:

$56.9 million

$43 million

Career record (singles):

717-171

762-222

Highest ranking (singles):

1

1

Career record (doubles):

40-42

64-70

Highest ranking (doubles):

123

27

 

Sampra’s career statistics:

 

Federer’s career statistics:

Sampras claimed 14 Grand Slam titles whereas Federer claimed 16 Grand Slam titles. In Federer’s 16 titles marathon, he won a French Open title as well which Sampras failed at achieving. One of the noticeable things about this French Open title is that Federer won this title to break the grand slam title record of Sampras. No wonder Federer is known as the King Federer.

 

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

The greatest tennis rivalries: Sampras vs Agassi

Having a precise look at one of biggest rivalries of tennis circuit between the greatest tennis players Sampras and Agassi, our aim is to make the decision easy for our tennis lovers to have a clearer view of who has the edge between them? Sampras and Agassi for being from the same country, the USA not only enjoyed the tennis rivalry but also the an American vs American rivalry too. Both these players were able to rank No. 1 on the ATP rankings during their careers. Here is a comparison based on the career statistics of Sampras and Agassi:

Here are some general facts:

Players Agassi Sampras
Date of Birth: 29-Apr-70 12-Aug-71
Country: United States United States
Height: 5′ 11″ (180 cm) 6 ft 1 inch
Career Singles Titles: 60 64
Career Doubles Titles: 1 2
Career Prize Money: $31 million $43 million
Career record (singles): 870-274 762-222
Highest ranking (singles): 1 1

Sampras held the world’s No. 1 seat for a record 286 weeks while Agassi held it for 101 weeks. They faced each other 34 times, with Sampras having the edge by 20-14. Playing against each other in Grand Slam is the best way to judge both of them, and the stats again went in favor of Sampras leading the table by 4-1. But despite of this, they remained good friends.

Sampra’s career statistics:

Agassi’s career statistics:

Even though Sampras was and is considered as the legend of tennis but one can notice from the statistics that he was never able to show his ability on clay court and didn’t win even a single title at French Open. Agassi however was able to claim only one French Open title in his career.

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1979-1970

 Bjorn Borg, French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1979-1970

The era of 1979-1970 in French Open tennis tournaments has been a mix of different famous tennis players. Out of them, one of the greatest tennis players, Bjorn Borg won many French Open Championships. It was this era when Bjorn Borg showed tremendous grip on the clay surface and owned 4 tennis championship titles in the French Open. The other two came in the 80’s era, completing the 6 titles for Bjorn. Bjorn won the French Open titles for four consecutive years while winning the Wimbledon championship along as well. In addition to Bjorn, the other players that won the French Open championship are given below:

The list of male winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1979-1970 is as follow:

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1979: Male

  • Bjorn Borg- Winner
  • Victor Pecci- Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1978: Male

  • Bjorn Borg: Winner
  • Guillermo Vilas: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1977: Male

  • Guillermo Vilas: Winner
  • Brian Gottfried: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1976: Male

  • Adriano Panatta: Winner
  • Harold Soloman: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1975: Male

  • Bjon Borg: Winner
  • Guillermo Vilas: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1974: Male

  • Bjorn Borg: Winner
  • Manuel Orantes: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1973: Male

  • Ilie Nastase: Winner
  • Nikola Pilic: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1972: Male

  • Andres Gimeno: Winner
  • Patrick Proisy: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1971: Male

  • Jan Kodes: Winner
  • Ilie Nastase: Runner-up

French Open Tennis winner and runner-up in year 1970: Male

  • Jan Kodes: Winner
  • Ilie Nastase: Runner-up