Wimbledon Tennis 2012 Finals: Comparing Roger Federer's Success to Pete Sampras'

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his Gentlemen's Singles semi final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Another Wimbledon title on Sunday could make Roger Federer the best player in the history of the tournament, even better than Pete Sampras.

Whenever you compare two players in sports who have accomplished similar goals, examining the quality of their competition is a good way to determine whose run is more impressive.

Here is a breakdown of Sampras' and Federer's triumphs at Wimbledon.



Year Opponent Score
1993 Jim Courier 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3
1994 Goran Ivanišević 7–6, 7–6, 6–0
1995 Boris Becker 6–7, 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
1997 Cédric Pioline 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
1998 Goran Ivanišević 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
1999 Andre Agassi 6–3, 6–4, 7–5
2000 Patrick Rafter 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, 6–2


Year Opponent Score
2003 Mark Philippoussis 7–6, 6–2, 7–6
2004 Andy Roddick 4–6, 7–5, 7–6, 6–4
2005 Andy Roddick 6–2, 7–6, 6–4
2006 Rafael Nadal 6–0, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3
2007 Rafael Nadal 7–6, 4–6, 7–6, 2–6, 6–2
2009 Andy Roddick 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14
2012 Andy Murray ?

I would have to give the edge to Sampras when you look at the quality of these two player's competition at Wimbledon.

Sampras had to defeat quality players such as Andre Agassi (8 singles titles), Boris Becker (6 singles titles), Jim Courier (4 singles titles), and Patrick Rafter (2 singles titles) for his seven Wimbledon titles.

Federer has defeated Nadal twice at Wimbledon, which is quite impressive since the Spaniard is one of the sport's all-time best. Nadal was able to defeat Federer in 2008 in arguably the best Wimbledon final ever. Federer's other opponents, Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis, have a combined one Grand Slam singles title. In the end, Sampras had to defeat tougher opponents for his Wimbledon titles.

It's tough to compare eras, but Sampras' run is a bit more impressive than Federer's right now. However, since Federer's career isn't over yet, he could pass Sampras with an eighth title in the near future. That would make him the best Wimbledon player ever.