He's the greatest: Sampras

"What he's done over the past five years has never, ever been done – and probably will never, ever happen again," Sampras said. "Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it."

Sampras was home in Los Angeles and watched on television during part of Federer's 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Robin Soderling in the final at Roland Garros. "I'm obviously happy for Roger," Sampras said. "If there's anyone that deserves it, it's Roger. He's come so close."
In what turned out to be Sampras's last match he beat Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final at 31 in his 52nd career grand slam tournament. Federer is 27 and has collected his 14 major championships in 40 grand slam tournaments.

"He just is a great, great player that is a credit to the sport and is a positive influence for young kids and just tennis in general," Sampras said. "It looks pretty tough to beat now with 14 majors and I'm sure he's going to go on and win a lot more."

Federer will get his first chance to break Sampras's mark at Wimbledon, which starts on 22 June. Sampras is not sure whether he will go to the All England Club. "We'll sort of see what happens," he said.

The Guardian

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