Originally Posted by gavna
Yeah a young pre prime Federer in his early 20s and Sampras at the end of his career......hmmmm how many slams did Safin finally win? Gasquet beat Federer once to. Ho hum.
When Safin beat Federer in the AO SF in 2005, Fed wasn't "pre-prime" - he was right at his peak; note his demolition of Hewitt in the US final in 2004. In fact this epic Safin win (still one of my favourite matches) was Fed's only non-clay slam defeat between 2004 and 2007.
Sampras was reigning Wimbledon champ in 2000 and had just broken the major record, so hardly an old mug.
So let's give Safin his due for these victories, even if his overall career is nowhere near in the league of Federer or Sampras.