Originally Posted by ollinger
Prisoner of birth, indeed!! From 1990 to 1998 Sampras had the fourth best record on clay of any player in the world, won the Italian Open, and at the French had wins against Courier and Brugera, both French champions. He also had some big wins on clay in Davis Cup. To conclude from a few years at the FO that he "sure did suck on clay" while ignoring the rest of the record is bizarre.
4th best record ???? really ??????
On top of my head, here's a list of players who had a better record on clay in that period :
he beat no one of good clay court calibre at the Italian Open when he won it ...
bruguera was just returning from a serious injury and in pretty bad form when pete beat him @ 96 RG
courier was on the way downhill and 96 was the final year where he posted half-decent results ... still a decent win
he did well @ the davis cup ... but that's about it ...