Yevgeny Kafelnicov was a dominant Tempo player. Taking the ball on the rise and being as aggressive with the forehand as with the backhand, he was a very dangerous baseliner. When compared with his rivals he had this double advantage of making more points & ferwer errors than them with the backhand, the forehand and the return.
Tempo / Very high
When he had a chance, Yevgeny Kafelnicov often followed his forehand or backhand to the net (1-2 punch approach & baseline approach). He could also mix things up with a serve & volley. In total, 22% of his points were won at the net (with or without a volley to play) and this was above average.
Offensive / Medium-high
Yevgeny Kafelnicov was a Tempo player who could Punch but also Retrieve. His defensive and counterpunching skills were excellent and when the rallies extended he was more effective than his rivals (54%. of the points won).
Retriever / Medium
Even though Yevgeny Kafelnicov was more a Tempo player than a Puncher, he still could accelerate slower balls with the forehand. When compared with his opponents he even got a bigger edge with the forehand than with the backhand. However, the way he hit the forehand was more in a Tempo way (flat & close to his baseline). Punchers play this shot with more topspin and further back.
Puncher / Medium-high
When compared with his rivals, this is with the Serve that Yevgeny Kafelnicov was the most dominated. He made on average 25% fewer aces/servie winners than them but it was more explained by his return position close to the baseline (which allowed his opponents to score more service winners) than his serve effectiveness which stand in the average of the ATP players (32%).