THe backhand was great in 2006 and he felt unbeatable outside clay. Only Murray beat him when he was kind of tired in cincinatti, otherwise if Nadal had not existed that would be his only loss in the season.
The one that played exos against Sampras.
Sampras is so great, his aura alone could lift Roger's game to previously unimaginable heights. Unfortunately for the Ego King, Sampras is a true lion from the cutthroat era of the 90's. And hence the pansy arrogant Swiss is beaten to a pulp and Sampras didn't even break a sweat.