Former Australian star Mark Philippoussis has admitted he has been surprised by the success Roger Federer has had in his career. Former Wimbledon and French Open finalist Philippoussis has admitted he thought American Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams would last for a while and has been shocked by the efforts of Federer and other stars of the modern game.
Federer was the man who beat Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final and the former world No.8 has admitted he did not expect the Swiss star to go on to have the career he has enjoyed. “If you had kind of asked me that question – no matter how good someone is it’s hard to see that happening,” Philippoussis told Metro.
“You always knew he was going to be one of the top players, you knew he would win some Slams but to win what is it, 20? No, in my opinion. “I thought [Pete] Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams is going to last quite a while! “Not only has it not lasted a while, but three guys have passed it.”