If you just look at their direct match-ups, they seemed rather even (Plushenko: 7, Yagudin: 6) but Yagudin really had a monopoly on the bigger events. If you take away the nationals, then Plushenko only has 4 wins over Yagudin and he never beat Yags in the 97-98 season. 98-99: Plushenko won Nationals, Yagudin won GPF, Euros and Worlds. 99-00: Plushenko won Nationals and Euros, Yagudin won Worlds. 00-01: Plusheno won Nationals, GPF, Euros and Worlds. 01-02: Yagudin won GPF and Olympics.