can't use rankings to determine how strong a draw is
in those days, the biggest threats on grass were often unseeded
but you would know that if you had watched tennis back then
That first and last line are priceless coming from you.
Actually, I've used those former two arguments on more than one occasion. I concur, some of the better grass court players resided outside the top rankings, which was a prevalent trend until around 2007.
Still, it doesn't excuse your inflation of '97. Becker, despite a great effort, was simply a shell of his former self by that year. Woodbridge was an also-ran, making his one strong Singles performance at Wimbledon in the 9 years he'd been on tour by that time. Pioline was Sampras' own shut-out man, whom he routined on every surface.
It really came down to dope king Korda, who played exceptionally well. Grabbing the early break, Sampras served outstandingly in that last set to take him out.
That match aside, I would hope he looked impressive.