Pete Sampras remains gobsmacked by his superhuman trio of top tennis heirs, with the American stunned by the continuing exploits of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
With Djokovic’s weekend Wimbledon title over Matteo Berrettini nosing the Serb alongside his rival with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the trio of icons have won 60 Grand Slam titles in a decade and a half.
Sampras retired in 2002 with an unheard-of 14 trophies at the majors. But his achievement looks almost quaint in compared to the torrid pace set by his successors.
“If someone had told me at the end of my career that in less than 20 years three guys were going to surpass me, I would not have believed it,” the player who turns 50 next month told the New York Times..
“I am in awe of this generation. They can sustain their best level for much longer than anyone and that is what makes it difficult for young (players) to get them out of there.”.
Since ending his career, the reclusive Sampras has kept well away from tennis.
Main photo:- Pete Sampras with Bjorn Borg , Rod Laver and Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2017 © AELTC/Bob Martin