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Roger Federer‘s coach Paul Annacone recently said that the 29-year old Swiss is still open minded and full of energy. Annacone, who also coached former World No.1 Pete Sampras, felt that the American at this age was more tired emotionally and to a small degree physically.
Here is a comparison between Federer’s 2010 season and Sampras’ 2000 season.
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From a personal view, a 29-year old Federer was a lot better than a 29-year old Sampras, based purely on the fact that Federer was able to win matches consistently throughout the whole season. Although the Swiss maestro didn’t have the greatest time on clay, he still managed to reach the final of Madrid and the quarter-finals of the French Open. On the other hand, Sampras bypassed the the clay lead up events in Monte Carlo and Rome, playing only in Hamburg where he reached the second round and then lost in the opening round of the French Open. Who do you think had a better season at age 29?
Sampras’ minor downfall was imminent in 2000, and even more so in 2001, when he failed to clinch a Grand Slam and dropped from No. 3 to No.10 in the year end rankings. Time will tell whether it’s Federer’s turn or not in 2011.