Mix Sampas, a Little Lendl, Dash of Agassi

Mix Sampas, a Little Lendl, Dash of Agassi

After Andy Murray played a nearly perfect 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 trouncing of Milos Raonic, Murray sat down with Straight Sets for his regular post-match question-and-answer session. From the perfect match, he attempted to build the perfect player.

Q. Where would you start? What’s the best shot in tennis history, the one you would most want?

A. I mean, Pete Sampras’s serve would definitely be up there. Guys now obviously serve great, but Sampras also, his second serve, he could hit aces, and he also came in behind his serve, which made it harder to return as well. I’ve spoken to a lot of players that used to play, who played against him. I spoke to Andre Agassi, who played against him, and various other guys, and Sampras’s serve was up there.

Q. So you’d say the serve is the most dangerous shot in tennis?

A. The serve is the most important shot in tennis. Yeah, I mean, if you’re not serving well, it becomes hard to win matches, especially at the highest level. If you look at the guys that are in and around the top of the game just now, and the guys that are coming up, especially, all of them have big serves, big weapons.

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