Sampras saves one record, can the other still stand?
Posted by tennisplanet on August 4, 2008
Ending the year as No. 1 six straight years is not going anywhere anytime soon. But what about No. 14 that was so certain to fall just few months ago?
Federer has to forget about every freaking thing and concentrate on that number. How freaking meaningless will all those records look without clinching the biggest one of them all, after having a run like that?
Sampras must be thrilled to be still on top with the likelihood of probably staying there forever. I don’t think even he thinks that Nadal can even come close, with who is nipping at his heels and his physical vulnerability.
That last Grand Slam Sampras squeezed out is providing him the much needed cushion to still have some hope. Federer needs three to beat him, which doesn’t look like a possibility any more. So now Sampras wish list has been upgraded from being surpassed, to being tied, to being alone at the top.
These two records – six straight years at No. 1 and No. 14 – lend great credibility to his status as arguably the greatest player of all time. Federer cannot hope to get there without at least one of them in his bag. Either that or Roland Garros, which is so beyond reach that it’s not even on the table any longer.
Sampras got saved by a whisker. Borg may not be as happy with his No. 11 trounced and No. 5 equalled, but it could have been worse if Nadal had not won this year.
Can Federer get the second wind to surprise everyone, or he is already too far down the tubes?