Fed was not playing that good even...........Jesus stop with the hype..........Safin was good but that's all
LOL..............17 of those Slams were won by 1 player that spent more time playing with this new generation......Djokovic>everyone except Fed from that gen,Nadal also and hell even Murray is better than 70% of those guys
A "good" player wouldn't beat peak Federer at a slam, destroy Sampras in his backyard, be #1 of the world, etc..despite having pretty much his career ended by the time he was 25 because of injury (not to mention all the time he was injured before that time).
Federer wasn't that good?? If he wasn't that good it was because Safin didn't let him. He only lost one match outside clay that year, and it was a 5-setter against Nalbandian. He was in a 27 match wining streak until that match and he didn't lose to a top 10 since god knows when. So he was definitely playing good.