'Picking Federer or Sampras is like comparing Messi and Maradona'


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'Picking Federer or Sampras is like comparing Messi and Maradona'

In an interview with 3iguales, former Chilean player Fernando Gonzalez was asked who was the better player between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. The Swiss holds six more Grand Slam titles than the American, 20 vs 14. Gonzalez said: "It's like comparing Pele to Maradona, Maradona to Messi.

It's different eras. Who knows that today with the technology of the racket, all the knowledge you have, Pete Sampras may have competed even better. Also, Bjorn Borg who retired at 26 years of age. Physically, you have no comparison between Sampras and Federer.

I would like to put Sampras in today's game and Federer in the 90s." On how the game has evolved, Gonzalez added: "Indoor tournaments were quicker before. Now Basel or Wimbledon changed, for example. A fast court favoured a big server by far.

But the show is still there." Asked whom he liked the most among the South American players, Gonzalez replied: "Coria and Nalbandian, I have been knowing them since they were kids. Being one-handed, Coria could give balls back for seven or eight hours.

But David was impressive too. Abroad, I liked Andy Roddick a lot, his fighting spirit, he had an amazing serve, he was also very hard. His intensity. Nadal himself or Tsitsipas. Guga Kuerten in the past." Asked why Federer, Nadal and Djokovic keep dominating, Gonzalez concluded: "The older players improved a lot. They are doing better physically. I like Felix Auger-Aliassime, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas who is a great competitor."