Originally Posted by Naldo
so where's Sampras
Nice one Naldo.
I consider Sampras winning his one claycourt Masters event at Rome in 1994 to be far more surprising than Pioline winning in Monte Carlo (Pioline had after all been in the Monte Carlo final twice previously losing in 98 to Moya and in 93 to Bruguera) or Mantilla winning in Rome last year (hey!! the guys won 10 ATP titles on clay).
Take away Sampras's Master's win in Rome in 94 and his career record for the three clay Masters events would have stood at 17-18. Sampras reached only one other final on european clay in his entire career when he won in Kitbuhel in 92. Among those 18 loses were wins by Alex Calatrava, Harel Levy, Paul Haarhuis, Arnaud di Pasquale, Carl-Uwe Steeb and of course Fabrice Santoro (three times
But I agree with George, the most surprising Masters win has to be Carretero`s. He would win only 7 more ATP matches for the rest of his career. As surprising as Portas`s German Open win it was nothing compared to Carretero`s.
My runner-up would be Michael Pernfors who, although a former top ten player, had won only 12 ATP matches in the preceding 3 years and won only another 6 for the remainder of his career.
One more thing. What is Ferreira`s name doing on this list. He`s been a top 10 player, won 2 Master`s titles (he also won Stugart in 2000), is a two time grand slam semi finalist and has earned roughly 10 million dollars in his career. That`s not too bad.