Originally Posted by Mustard
Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open for the loss of just 1 set, which included straight set wins over Sampras and Stich. Sampras was not a dud on clay at the time, but a regular quarter finalist or better at the event. Kafelnikov's best win at a major was clearly this win over Sampras. Try and undermine it all you want, but it was an excellent win.
that's a kinda clean way through his draw, but pete didn't have much left in the tank in the SF, after 3 five-setters (martin, bruguera, courier)... a fresh sampras would probably have defeated kafelnikov as he did on so many other occasions (even on heavy 'watered' clay in the 1995 davis cup final at moscow).
and of course, he can also thank stich for (brillantly, it's true) taking the musterminator out...