London - Roger Federer could play for another four years and add to his tally
of 17 Grand Slam titles, according to former world number one Pete Sampras.
ahead of an exhibition match against Andre Agassi in London on March 3,
Sampras said on a conference call Wednesday that he is impressed by
"I'm amazed that he is up for more tennis,"
"He has done everything in the game and he could walk away
tomorrow feeling great about it.
"But he still wants to travel and
compete and I'm in awe of it. He is a true lover of the sport."
Following a disappointing 2013 season marred by back problems, Federer started this year on a high.
working with new coach Stefan Edberg, he reached the final of his first
tournament, at Brisbane, and then made the semi-finals of the Australian
Open for the 11th consecutive year.
His run at Melbourne included wins
over 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Wimbledon champion Andy
Sampras, who retired after winning his 14th Grand Slam
title at the 2002 US Open, said Federer should be comforted by a
streak that finally ended with a defeat to Rafael Nadal.
thought his level was quite good," Sampras said.
"When you're playing
against Rafa and if you're not quite on your game then it can seem like
"Rafa is a rock. But I do see Roger building from
that, I think he's going to do well this year."
Asked if Federer could win another Grand Slam title, Sampras said the Swiss "can do it" if he plays his best tennis.
why he's playing, I don't think he's playing for anything else but to
win some more majors," said Sampras, adding that Federer's best chance
would be on his favorite grass surface, at Wimbledon.
31 when he decided to hang up his racket for good, while the 32-year-old
Federer has hinted he could keep playing until the Rio Olympics in
"As long as Roger is enjoying it and he's healthy, I can see him playing for another two, three, four more years," Sampras said.