The Match: Federer vs. Sampras

Long Island SoundContributor IMay 20, 2009

LONDON - DECEMBER 06:  Pete Sampras of United States plays against Cedric Pioline of France during the BlackRock Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall on December 6, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Mark Wieland/Getty Images)

Ok, so the big debate is: Roger Federer or Pete Sampras. Well, if we are going to make it the ultimate match-up, it must be at Wimbledon where they both thrive on the grass. Although Fed has not surpassed Pistol Pete with total Grand Slam titles, it can be assumed he will squeak out a few more versus Rafael Nadal (he even got a title on clay in Madrid last weekend against Rafa, which bodes well for the French Open).

So, the epic Wimbledon match occurs with both in the top of their respective games. The big question is: will Sampras' huge serve-and-volley dictate the entire match, or can Federer relentlessly set the pace for the match with his effortless baseline attack and timely approaches?

Honestly, all of the sets go to tie breaks or into a seventh game (no we are not in the Wimbledon final where there is no fifth set tie break). Overall, Federer wins the match. Once Fed gets the majority of a set to study Pete's serve, he will be able to handle it and break into the serve and volley approach.

It is not easy to fully break down the Sampras serve and volley, but Fed will only need to do it once in the tie break to earn his break. Neither of these players will be broken throughout the match, I mean both of these guys in top form would results in a stalemate anyways, but one will falter and it would be Sampras.

It could possible be a US Open relapse for Pete when he throws up on the court. Federer is too composed, smooth, and effortless for tennis history and he will go down as the greatest when in his prime. Now, Federer is pissed off from Nadal stealing his No. 1 ranking spot, he will prosper back to the top. The serve and volley only goes so far against great players, ask Tim Henman.