Kafelnikov won 2 majors. Critics like to say he had easy draws. I think there are no easy draws in a 90s major. To win, you have to defeat the top players or the players who defeated them. Sampras did not play the 1999 Australian Open. He had not won a hard-court major since the 1997 Australian Open and he would not win another until the 2002 US Open. To say Sampras would probably have won the 1999 Australian Open is unfair. Kafelnikov has a good record in majors compared to other players of his generation but his record against top 8 players in majors is poor (3-12). The 3 wins were against Agassi (FO95), Sampras (FO96) and Kuerten (US01). I think Agassi was injured and Sampras was tired from 5-set matches. After the Agassi and Kuerten matches he was thrashed by eventual champions Muster and Hewitt. He did not win a Masters Series tournament. His win/loss record against top 8players in these tournaments was 11-16. The worst thing is that only 16 losses against top 8 players means many more losses against lower ranked players. Why did he play so badly in the clay court events but manage to challenge at the French Open? After 1994 I can't recall him doing anything good at Monte Carlo, Rome, or Hamburg. He qualified for the ATP Finals 7 years in a row. He did beat some very good players at this tournament but never Sampras or Agassi. I think another problem is that it is hard to pick out victories over top players that were outstanding. Probably the best match I remember him playing was against Agassi in Montreal 1999 (and then he loses to Thomas Johansson).