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Federer vs Sampras – the five-setter story.

Posted by tennisplanet on July 26, 2007

How many five-setters have these two jokers played in a Grand Slam? What does it say about the depth of the competition, individual skill, endurance etc.?

Can we just stop with the freaking lack of competition debate, once and for all, after these stats?

How come Sampras had to go the distance against every Tom, Dick and Harry in the early rounds of a Grand Slam? Players who have taken Federer to a five-setter have much stronger and worthy credentials like Nadal, Safin and Haas compared to journey men like Korda, Jaime, Jordi etc. for Sampras. Just take this debate and bury it TODAY.

Well, Federer is still not done with his career. But overall, the record as it stands today is 9-32 for Federer. OK, how many at this age? Sampras at 26 years had 22 to 9 from Federer.

But it certainly points to better endurance and physical prowess, for Sampras. In fact, Sampras won three straight five-setters at Roland Garros, in 1996 against Sergi, Todd Martin and Jim Courier – not really some tomato cans.

Also notice, when Sampras gets deep in the draw he is almost invincible. For his entire career, he had just two semifinal and one final five-setter. Federer already has one both for semis and the finals.

Is Federer now getting into the five-set era of his career? Was the Wimbledon final a precursor of things to come? If so, it will also answer the question of his physical conditioning, so often questioned by some.

Player Grand Slam Yr Opponent Round
Roger 1 AO 2006 Haas 4
2 AO 2005 Safin S
3 AO 2003 Nalbandian 4
4 AO 2002 Haas 4
5 Wimb 2007 Nadal F
6 Wimb 2001 Sampras 4
7 USO 2004 Agassi Q
8 RG 2001  Sargis 3
9 RG 2000 Michel 3
 
 
Player Grand Slam Yr Opponent Round Grand  Slam Yr / Opponent Round.
Sampras 1 AO 1997 Albert Q 26-RG 1999-Marin 1
2 1995 Magnus 4 27 1996-Sergi 2
3 1995 Courier Q 28 1996-Todd 3
4 1994 Kafelnikov 2 29 1996-Courier Q
5 1990 Mayotte 2 30 1995-Gilbert 1
6 1990 Jordi 3 31 1992-Marc 1
7 Wimb 2002 Bastl 2 32 1991-Muster 1
8 2001 Cowan 2
9 2001 Federer 4
10 1998 Goran F
11 1997 Korda 4
12 1995 Goran S
13 1993 Agassi Q
14 USO 2002 Rusedski 3
15 1998 Rafter S
16 1997 Korda 4
17 1996 Novak 3
18 1994 Jaime 4
19 1992 Todd 3
20 1992 Guy 4
21 1990 Lendl Q
22 1989 Wilander 2
23 1988 Jaime 1
24 RG 2001 Cedric 1
25 2000 Mark Philip.. 1
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