Pete Sampras is currently in Melbourne, invited by Tennis Australia as a guest of honor to present the Men’s Singles Championship trophies at the Australian Open on Sunday. On Friday, the day of the Nadal-Federer semifinal, he was asked in a press conference whom he supports, and he revealed then that he didn’t quite know Rafa as much as he did Federer. It was also revealed that he had never watched the two play each other live, and further, that he had never seen Rafa play live before. This interview is a follow up from the BBC after the match.
“I think he’s incredible,” Sampras told BBC Sport. “I saw him play live for the first time on Friday night and the movement he has is incredible. “He’s able to adjust his shots on the run. I’ve never seen anything like it. To see him play – he hits a very heavy ball, serves pretty well, he does everything. He’s mentally tough – he has the whole package.”
And Pete is in little doubt that Rafa, who will go for a ninth French Open title in June, has many more Grand Slam titles in him. “He’s not looking at 14, he’s looking beyond. Realistically, he could very well get 17, 18 majors when it’s all said and done. He’s a credit to the sport. I’m a fan.”
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