Because Sampras was actually playing at a very high level. He was the defending champion and was still nr.1 on grass at the time. He also won USO a bit after. It's not as Pete was washed out. So, this speaks volumes of Fed's ability. Also his net game and his return game. So, he would do great in the 90s. Also Pete himself said he was playing at a high level. If Pete's level sucked, I would agree, that this match doesn't mean a lot, but it didn't. Just saying!