Haas's best chance at a slam was the 2002 Australian Open though and he couldnt even beat a poor Safin in the semis, in fact getting brutally overpowered by Safin in the last 2 sets once he woke up from a bad first 3 sets, while Johansson did beat an equally poor Safin in the final. That is what I meant when I said it was telling Haas couldnt even make a major final while playing well at the same point people like Johansson were winning slams. I saw him play other matches in 2002, like the Rome final where he had a super tournament to make the final, then gets spanked so badly by a 32 year old Agassi. Then in Canada where he came close to the title, but lost in the semis to Canas, and Peter Burwash the TSN commentator felt Haas played his best and Canas played a poor match, and Canas still won. Peak Haas just wasnt that great. I like the guy as well, I really do, and I rooted for him back then and still do today. Do you think Haas is better than Kafelnikov? I consider Kafelnikov possibly the worst 2 slam winner in history, but he still beat Haas in some of Haas's biggest ever matches, the 99 Australian Open semis (a young Haas but he got dressed down good), and the 2000 Olympic final. By the way when Haas briefly reached #2 his slam results in the last year were semis, 4th round, 4th round, DNP, he had not won a tournament for almost a year, and as others have pointed out he missed a large chunk of time with his unfortunate family tragedy too. Really says something about the state of the mens game in 2002 he ever reached that rank with those results.