Pete Sampras says Roger Federer is his favorite, in more ways than one. In a recent interview in the Telegraph newspaper, Pete gushes about his buddy Roger, saying they have a “good friendship” and that they have “similar personalities.”
“I don’t think Roger realises how good he is and what a great champion he is.” Pete says. “I just like what Roger is all about, how he carries himself and how he goes about things .”
Sampras thinks Roger’s the favorite at SW19 this year, and will tie his record of seven Wimbledon titles:
“He had a great French Open and I feel as though he’s going to have a great Wimbledon. I would be surprised if he doesn’t win at least one of Wimbledon and the US Open this year. In my heart, I feel as though he still has more majors left in him, so I’m confused when I hear people saying that he’s not going to win another major. It’s not as if Roger has got eight or 10 players to worry about in the draw. There are only three who will concern him. There’s such a big drop off between the top four and everyone else.”
Here’s Roger’s take on matching Pete’s record:
Q. If you win seven Wimbledons, could be level with Sampras.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, there’s always something on the line at this point when I play the Grand Slams just because I have the record already. So I could push it one forward or I could tie with Sampras here. It’s obviously something very special and important at this point really.
What was that about Roger not knowing how great he is? The guy’s too good a tennis historian not to know exactly where he stands.
Speaking of breaking records, a reporter asked Rafael Nadal about how it felt to be quickly closing in on Roger’s 16 Major titles. Via CBS Sports:
Nadal cut in to clarify.
“Very close? No. I am very far,” Nadal said Sunday. “Six is a lot.”
Click here to watch more of Rafa’s interview.
Thanks to Judy for the links!