pc1 Yes I do believe Rios was THAT talented. That match with Korda was a bad performance for Rios but when he was on he was something special. Youtube has a lot of tribute videos of his best highlights. I think his best tennis came vs. Agassi, Miami, Munich in 98 and also the first set vs. Andre in 2002 in Miami SF. There were a lot of great matches and also a lot of bad ones. Safin said in the book Rios had the talent to win 10 majors, Thomas Johansson said Rios "could make you feel like a beginner" even if "you played a good match he could kill you 1 and 1." Even Federer said in the book he was a big fan of Rios who was one of his favorite players.
"He looked like he was trying to imitate Sampras when I first played him." Agassi in Facing Federer