kafelnikov interview

jrepac

Hall of Fame
#2
Interesting interview; particularly that he'd place Kuerten ahead of Nadal on clay...

Talk about not fully realizing your talent...always thought this guy had a boatload of skill and continually fell short...tho' 2 slams and reaching #1 ain't hay, he could've done much better, IMHO
 
#4
lol, some things he says in the article are garbage. Like the last comment about the racket. They had the pure drive around since 95, such a load of BS, if he used the pure drive he would probably be hitting the fence.

Nadal would beat him 75 62 62
 
#5
But from what I've seen, for me Kuerten had a better game than Nadal and definitely a lot stronger competition, so I would put him ahead of Nadal
LOL. He definitely overrates Kuerten's competition -- perhaps because he was a part of it?? Kuerten had bad losses in his prime on clay, something that Nadal never did.
 
#6
Who was your toughest opponent on clay and why?


"It's hard to pick. I struggled throughout my career against the Spanish guys on clay. Gustavo Kuerten was a tough opponent, he beat me three times in the quarter-finals at the French Open and went on to win it every time, so I feel like if I'd won those matches against him then I could have four French Open titles myself"


Yeah...and can I have some of that stuff you're smoking buddy?
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
#7
Who was your toughest opponent on clay and why?


"It's hard to pick. I struggled throughout my career against the Spanish guys on clay. Gustavo Kuerten was a tough opponent, he beat me three times in the quarter-finals at the French Open and went on to win it every time, so I feel like if I'd won those matches against him then I could have four French Open titles myself"


Yeah...and can I have some of that stuff you're smoking buddy?
Kafelnikov was crushed by Muster in the 1996 Stuttgart Outdoor final less than 2 months after he won the French Open. 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 was the scoreline. Still, Kafelnikov did his job at the 1996 French Open and won the title, and his matches with Kuerten in 1997, 2000 and 2001 were brilliant to watch.
 
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zagor

Bionic Poster
#8
Kafelnikov was crushed by Muster in the 1996 Stuttgart Outdoor final less than 2 months after he won the French Open. 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 was the scoreline. Still, Kafelnikov did his job at the 1996 French Open and won the title, and his matches with Kuerten in 1997, 2000 and 2001 were brilliant to watch.
Yes,but he was more of a tough match-up for Kuerten in particular than a great claycourter of Guga's caliber.
 
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