Re: Davydenko vs Kafelnikov
Zhenya was incredibly lucky with what he has won..
To think of that.. He never faced any his era greats on his way to his biggest titles.
RG-1996, three Wimbledon champs Krajicek-Sampras-Stich - from QFs on. Not a single accomplished claycourter. And Blanco, Johansson, Mantilla, Clavet before that. No Muster, no Agassi, no Bruguera..
AO-1999, Martin-Haas-Enqwist from QF on.. And Bjorkman-Stoltenberg-Courier-Pavel before that. And "Thank you, Pete, for not coming" in acceptance speech.
Davydenko never had the luxury of such draws. That's about the only difference. Not counting Masters titles 6 to 0 or something like that. But the way it stands , Kafelnikov is bound for Hall of Fame and one of his era greats, and Davydenko is , well, pretty much still a nobody.