Sampras Turns 41 and Federer Turns 31

For throwback Thursday, a look at 2 great legends of the sport (plus a few broken youtube links)

Tennis Abides

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Sampras ushered in a new age in 1990

By some luck for tennis junkies, Pete Sampras was born on August 12, 1971 and Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981.  The two men are almost exactly 10 years apart in age.  Tennis fans waited from Borg’s retirement to Sampras’ ascendency to see a player win over 10 slams in his career.  From 1990 to present, Sampras, Federer and Nadal have all broken the 10 major count. I’m just going to say that we are fortunate to be witnessing this level of excellence.

This site contains the best breakdown of data comparing the two players.  I must emphasize again check out this site for the quantitative comparison of tennis’ two most decorated Grand Slam champions.  Beyond Grand Slam excellence, each man has claims to fame in terms of the ranking system and World Tour Finals.  Federer recently passed…

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