...and he only reached the semis once. The reason Sampras NEVER made it to the French Open Final was because Clay denied him all the free service points. Sampras didn't have the ground strokes to win the French. He couldn't even get to the Finals. Kudos to Federer...at least he's accomplished something Sampras never did: he made it to the Finals of the French Open. [whispering] "Sampras didn't have the backhand to get to the finals of the French" Sampras is the best server of all time -- and on fast suraces that is enough. ...but Federer has the most complete game of all time. He can and will win the French Open. Don't count him out of future French Opens because, unlike Sampras, he lost against (what history will some day proclaim) the most dominant Clay Courter of all time.