PETE SAMPRAS

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

08/12/1971

Birthplace:

Washington, USA

Residence:

Los Angeles, USA

Height:

6'1'' / 185 cm

Weight:

170 lbs / 77 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

6203

Pete Sampras' Strengths

Serve

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 50% more Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Ratio of Double Faults (12%)
    * First Serve Won Points (80%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (51%)
    * Second Serve Won Points (55%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (9%)

Return

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * 30% more Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Very high Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (31%)

Weaknesses:

    * 20% more Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * Very High Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Return

Forehand

4 Stars

Strengths:

    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Forehand as his Rivals on Average
    * Won 56% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Won 63% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In
    * Won 75% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Inside Out in a row
    * Forehand Approach
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * Same Ratio of Points/Errors with the Forehand as his Rivals on Average
    * Won 36% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * Low Ratio of Errors with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * 10% fewer Points & 10% more Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 46% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 48% of the Points after plaiyng 2 Backhands Cross in a row
    * Won 49% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice
    * First Backhand after the Serve & the Return
    * Backhand Drop Shot (not really played)

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 2 times more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points won at the Net (53%)
    * Serve & Volley (42% of his total points won), Chip & Charge (2% of his total points won)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach when played (72% of the points won)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (71%)
    * Baseline Approach when played (70% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Pete Sampras' Game Style

Server

Very high

Although Pete Sampras was a serve & volleyer he was still a slightly better Server than volleyer. His biggest edge against his rivals was taken with the Serve making on average 50% more points than them with that shot. When his first serve was in 51% of the time it was unreturned.

Puncher

Very high

From the back of the court, Pete Sampras was a Puncher. However, his goal was not to camp on his baseline and hits big forehands but much more to come in as soon as he had a chance. Like this, he cannot be regarded as a true Puncher.

Tempo Player

Low

Even though Pete Sampras played rather close to his baseline he could not be regarded as a Tempo player. His backhand got results just below average and this shot is usually the best of the Tempo players. Then, he used the backhand slice a lot and did not really take the ball on the rise to be aggressive on that side.

Offensive Player

Very high

As said previously, most of the time Pete Sampras was a serve & volleyer (Offensive). 42% of his total points were won playing that game style. Then, he could also use the 1-2 punch or the baseline approach. On his return games the chip & charge was played from time to time. At the net, Pete Sampras had a good hand missong only 29% of his volleys.

Retriever

Very low

Winning only 29% of his points by the errors of his rivals, Pete Sampras was nothing but a Retriever. He was far too Offensive to count on his opponents' mistakes to win a match.

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