Pete Sampras: 'Novak Djokovic is very similar to me'

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Pete Sampras: 'Novak Djokovic is very similar to me'

Pete Sampras spoke highly of Novak Djokovic. The American former player said: "When I look at the current generation - Rafa, Andy, Roger, Novak - I should say that Novak is very similar to me. Because he is just like me, a happy person.

We enjoy ourselves a lot on the court. Probably because we come from countries where before there weren't tennis idols. Both of us had to work hard, maybe tougher than others to get to the top." On Rafael Nadal Sampras added: "He always gives everything in order to win.

There is no compromise for him. While Novak has a good character, he is so tough mentally." Asked if he has some regrets looking at his career, Sampras replied: "Maybe I should have changed my racket. I was pretty mad with my same racket, same string, same strings toughness.

I should have been opener to something new. But I worked hard, I did all the possible. I was world No. 1 for six years in a row and won Wimbledon seven times. Much more is not possible." He finally recalled the 2008 Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal: "It was great, both of them played amazing.

That match even excited the United States, which rarely happened when there was not an American. It was a unique game." Federer said: "I have to say, I trust most of the people. I never had bad experiences. I am relaxed, I like talking to people."