Originally Posted by Anaconda
As for the match, Safin is nightmare match-up for Sampras; Passes like a gunshot (powerful and accurate), can out hit Sampras from the baseline and can have those crazy return games as well as being a superior mover. I think the only surface Sampras would be able to beat an in-form Safin would be grass.
Interestingly, the H2H is 3-4 in favor of Safin.
Sampras's three wins are all on hard-court.
1998 US Open
NY, U.S.A. Hard R16 Sampras, Pete
6-4, 6-3, 6-2
2000 Tennis Masters Cup
Lisbon, Portugal Hard RR Sampras, Pete
2001 US Open
NY, U.S.A. Hard Semis Sampras, Pete
6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3