Pete Sampras was born in August 1971. A decade later in August 1981, Roger Federer was born.
Throughout his time on courts around the world, each player has earned copious accolades and set many records.
The Swiss-born Federer appeared to be following in "Pistol Pete's" footsteps.
He and U.S.-born Sampras both remain in the neverending debate concerning who is the greatest ever to play the game. Yet today, Sampras is being systematically overtaken by Federer in each and every category where the talented American held a record.
Federer surpassed Sampras as the male player who holds the most Grand Slam singles titles. Sampras held the record of 14 titles, the last of which he earned when he overtook Roy Emerson's record with his 12th Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon in 1999. Sampras won his 14th Grand Slam in 2002 at the U.S. Open.
A decade later, Federer advanced past Sampras in 2009 at Wimbledon when the Swiss won his 15th title. He soon added another at the 2010 Australian Open.
His latest Wimbledon victory in 2012 gives Federer 17 total titles—three beyond Sampras.
This year's win at the All England Club also allowed Federer to tie Sampras for total weeks at No. 1 at 286 weeks. He then passed him to hold the record alone the following week.
Both Federer and Sampras are tied with five U.S. Open championships. Sampras won his last in 2002 at the age of 31.
Federer has an excellent chance to once again surpass Sampras by also winning his potential "last" U.S. Open title at 31.