# The most one-sided Masters final of the 90s, during times when the Russian was regularly beaten by the American, so the scoreline didn’t even surprise. Kafelnikov  had break points in Sampras’  first three service games (broke twice!), since then never got ‘deuce’, only once winning two points…“We both got off to a slow start, then everything just clicked, from serves to returns and ground strokes,” Sampras said. “Yevgeny, I think, got a little bit down on himself and started missing some shots. I took advantage of it because it gave me that much more confidence. I felt I played extremely well.” That year the surface was changed from carpet to hard and it was reflected in the scorelines (17 tie-breaks in 1996, only 5 the following year).
Sampras’ route to his 52nd title:
rr. Carlos Moya 3-6, 7-6(4), 2-6
rr. Greg Rusedski 6-4, 7-5
rr. Patrick Rafter 6-4, 6-1
S Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4
W Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-2 6-2
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