Wimbledon 2012: Pete Sampras Praises Roger Federer Prior to Final

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 7, 2012

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12:  Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland and Pete Sampras participate in Hit for Haiti, a charity event during the BNP Paribas Open on March 12, 2010 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Tennis legend Pete Sampras recently spoke to the Associated Press via telephone from Los Angeles giving praise to Wimbledon finalist Roger Federer (h/t ESPN).

Federer has a chance to tie Sampras' record of seven Wimbledon titles. The Swiss Maestro has already broken a record with this being his eighth Wimbledon final.

Sampras ended up going perfect in Wimbledon finals, winning all seven he was in. However, Fed has nearly broken every record Sampras has created. 

If Federer wins against Andy Murray on Sunday, he will become the new No. 1 in the world. This will allow him to tie Sampras' record of 286 weeks at the No. 1 ranking. 

Sampras said that he has gotten used to all his records being broken due to Roger's excellence. 

He went on to say that Fed is a guy that he would want to break all these records.  The two legends are good friends after all. 

Federer is capable of still winning more majors, according to Sampras. The 40-year-old American said that Roger will always be the favorite at Wimbledon in his eyes. While he went on to say Murray has a chance to win if he is aggressive, Federer is more experienced in these situations.

This is a nice confidence boost for the man who is seeking his 17th Grand Slam title. 

Sampras was fair in his assessment with saying Murray has opportunities if he serves well and takes it to Federer. The British hopeful will need to take chances to win. 

Pete finished with saying how Federer will continue to compete in the majors for many years. He's as eager as ever. With Sampras, the age factor began to take a toll on the 14-time Grand Slam champion. 

Perhaps only the best is yet to come for one Roger Federer.