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Roger Federer Approaches Pete Sampras In Greatness
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 6:46pm PST USA
Roger Federer of Switzerland in 2008 slipped from the top ranking he held for a record 237 consecutive weeks to his current ranking of number two, but after winning the US Open in September, Federer remains on track to finish his career as the greatest male player ever.

From 1990 to 2002, Pete Sampras of the USA won a record 14 singles grand slam titles, while Federer in his career has won a total of 13.

In a similarity among both players, neither player's attacking game has been successful enough to master the slow Paris clay in order to win an elusive French Open title.

Roger Federer Approaches Pete Sampras In Greatness, Lawn Tennis Magazine
Federer of Switzerland

Roger Federer

Roger Federer Approaches Pete Sampras In Greatness, Lawn Tennis Magazine
Sampras of the USA

Pete Sampras

Birthdate August 8, 1981 August 12, 1971
Age 27 31 (Age upon retirement)
Height 6' 1'' (185 m) 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Weight 177 lbs (80 kg) 170 lbs (77 kg)
Place Of Birth Binningen, Basel-Land, Switzerland Washington, DC, USA
Residence Oberwil, Switzerland Las Angeles, California, USA
Plays Right-handed Right-handed
Turned Pro 1998 1988
ATP Tour Rank 1 Retired in 2002.
Career Record 617-149 762-222
Weeks Spent At Number 1 237 286
Singles Tournaments Won 57 64
Career Earnings $44,593,957 $43,280,489
Grand Slams Won 13 (Australian Open-3, Wimbledon-5, US Open-5) 14 (Australian Open-2, Wimbledon-7, US Open-5)
Weapon Forehand, all court game, consistency Forehand, volley, all court game
Only Player Ever To Win the Wimbledon and US Open singles titles back to back for five consecutive years. Lead male players with 14 career grand slam singles titles.
Power Statistic Ended Sampras' 31 match winning streak at Wimbledon in 2001 in the 4th round. Never lost a Wimbledon final, winning 7 times.
Has Never Won French Open (best result: Finalist 2007) French Open (best result: Semifinalist 1996)
Facts Match records for 2005 and 2006 were 81-4 and 92-5. Is the only player to have been ranked World No. 1 by the ATP for six consecutive years (199398).


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