Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras are two of the best tennis players of the past decade.

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Pete Sampras versus Rafael Nadal comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartPete SamprasRafael Nadal
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Pete SamprasRafael Nadal
Place of Birth Washington, D.C., USA Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Date of birth August 12,1971 3 June 1986
Country United States Spain
Height 6 ft 1 in 1.85m (6ft 1in)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg) 188 lbs (85 kg)
Plays Right; One-handed backhand Left handed (Two-handed backhand)
Career Prize Money $43 million $50 million (as of July 2012)
Highest ranking (singles) 1 No. 1 (18 August 2008)
Career record (singles) 762-222 699–135 (83.8%)
Turned Pro in 1988 (age of 16) 2001
Won Wimbledon (singles) 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 2008, 2010
Won French Open (singles) Never 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Won US Open (singles) 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002 2010, 2013
Won Australian Open (singles) 1994, 1997 2009
Olympic Gold Medals (Singles) Never 2008
Highest ranking (doubles) 27 26
Career record (doubles) 64-70 103–60
Residence Los Angeles, California, USA Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Playing style serve and volleyer, powerful first and second serve,running forehand, reliable backhand Strong two-handed backhand, well-angled topspin strokes, fast mobility on the court, preference to play from the deep court

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