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.

 

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

How to play tennis like Roger Federer?

The king of tennis and greatest male tennis player Roger Federer, is an inspiration for everyone. Every tennis lover aspires to be Roger. Fans and critics recognize the absolutely amazing potential of Roger Federer and his game play in tennis. They recognize him as the best thing that has ever happened to tennis world. Roger Federer’s vision and power make him an incredible player and attacker. With his speed and determination, he has turned out to be a tenacious defender. You cannot play exactly like Federer but there are some basic rules you can follow. These rules are:

1)      Buy a Wilson (K)Factor (K)Six-One Tour 90 tennis racket. Federer customizes this racket with his own hybrid strings and weights.

2)      One thing you need to develop in yourself is to keep yourself cool, clear-headed and controlled over your temper. These are the trademarks of Federer.

3)      You need to fix your grips. Federer uses a semi-western grip for his forehand, eastern-backhand grip for topspin backhand along with continental and slice backhands.

4)      Focus on serve accuracy instead of power. It’s the spin and placement of Roger’s serves that makes it hard for the opponents to break the serve.

5)      Roger’s real asset is his ability to innovate on the court; his creative skills make him play in angles that are never expected by the opponents.

In Roger’s game, one aspect is always dominant and that is his cool and calm temperament. If you excel at not panicking and keeping it calm through the game, the ability to innovate and play will show up automatically.

Facts and information about Australian Open Tennis 2006-2007

Facts and information about Australian Open 2006-2007, Federer vs Gonzalez

Year 2007 was a surprise as Gonzalez made his way into the final against Federer, where the King Fed won the championship (his 10th Grand Slam title). Year 2006 was again the year of Federer where he got emotionala fter receiving his trophy from Australia’s greatest player Rod Laver.

A look into the 2006-2007 Australian Open could be concluded in one post. Some of the incidents worth highlighting and information about Australian Open 2006-2007 are as follows:

1)      In the 2006 Australian Open, Razvan Sabau, Filippo Volandri, Mariano Zabaleta and Marcos Daniel retired from in the first round.

2)      In the 2006 Australian Open, 7 Australian tennis players, 12 American tennis players and 2 British tennis players participated. Among these, only nine players managed to progress into the second round and four to the third round.

3)      The 2006 Australian Open tennis championship was won by greatest tennis player Roger Federer. It was his seventh career Grand Slam title.

4)      In the 2006 Australian Open tournament, 34 tie-breaks were played.

5)      The defending champions of the 2007 Australian Open title were famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo and best male tennis player Roger Federer. Amelie won her first Grand Slam title in 2006 at the Australian Open event.

6)      In the 2007 Australian Open, only two Australian tennis players (Wayne Arthurs and Lleyton) and one Australian player (Alicia Molik) made their way to the third round. Nearly 10 Australian tennis players lost in first two rounds of the 2007 Australian Open.

7)      The 2007 Australian Open saw record tie-breakers in first round of men’s title. Among the players, hottest male tennis player Andy Roddick won the longest tie-break against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 20-18.