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So how to compare what Rafa has done in Monte Carlo? Clearly it's nothing like what Sampras did by ending #1 six years in a row, but the beauty of Rafa's accomplishment is that he had to be physically and mentally fit at the same time of the season for seven straight years. No injuries, no illnesses, no lapse in focus. He needed luck, he needed belief, he needed to care. It's an unbelievable achievement and hard to imagine another player tying or beating this record anytime soon.