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Agassi tips world No.1 to match Laver's...

Check this article out, I completely agree with Agassi:


Agassi tips world No.1 to match Laver's feat 40 years ago by taking all four grand slams in one year


ANDRE Agassi bustled through the Wimbledon grounds in that familiar pigeon-toed gait and predicted tennis fans could witness history in the making this year.
Agassi not only insists reigning champion Rafael Nadal can defend his title under the new retractable roof on Centre Court, he is convinced the world No.1 can win all four grand slams in the same year, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.


Nadal has already won the Australian Open and begins the defence of the French Open he has won for four years in a row at Roland Garros a week tomorrow.

Agassi said: "A lot of things have to fall right. You have to be good enough to win all four and you have to get lucky.

"But I think this is the first time in a real long time we are going to have the opportunity for somebody to pull that off. If Nadal routines Paris as he has for a number of years and comes here with confidence and puts together two good weeks we could be looking at him in New York with a realistic opportunity of pulling off the unthinkable.

"When he won at Paris in his first year what he said spoke volumes about who he was. He said it was awesome to win the French Open but his dream was to win Wimbledon. People laughed and I was one of them. I never thought for a second that his game could ever translate but he executed."

And while Agassi believes Nadal is favourite, he does not rule out a first grand slam for Murray at Wimbledon at the age of 22.

Agassi said: "I don't think it is too early for him to win. I have seen him grow mentally over the last number of years.

"His US Open final against Federer was a wake-up call. He realises he expects to win now. His best surface is New York and Australia but I would be surprised if he doesn't find a way to win here."

Agassi was sitting beside Britain's Tim Henman and Belgium's Kim Clijsters and looking forward to a practice session for today's Centre Court Celebration at Wimbledon. Agassi's wife, Steffi Graf, will complete the quartet who will play a mixed doubles, a men's singles and a ladies' singles in a mini-tournament with the roof closed to test the air-conditioning system which supplies 143,000 litres of fresh air every second.

All 15,000 tickets for the event, which is being screened live on BBC2, were sold out within five minutes.

NaDaL 4 LiFe

Rafael Nadal :
1 Australian Open
1 Wimbledon
4 French Open
1 Olympic title
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I like Nadal but I really hope it doesn't happen. What a boring year that would be.

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Tennis would lose a lot of fans were that to happen.
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Well tennis still has a lot of fans when Federer was winning slams after slams so I don't see why this won't be the case for Nadal.
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Tennis would lose a lot of fans were that to happen.
You must be kidding. It would be amazing to witness the Grand Slam achieved before our very eyes.

You can be sure that if Rafa retains RG and Wimbledon then the US Open is going to get record amounts of viewership. Anyone and everyone in the tennis world is going to put down everything for 2 weeks and watch to see if it can be achieved or not.

It's going to be a real test of nerves for Nadal. First title in the USO to complete the career and calendar GS at the same time.

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Nadal winning the GS is a slap in the face to every true fan of the sport, seeing it dominated by a player who plays every point camped in the backhand corner waiting for his opponent to make an error.

Can you imagine anyone wanting to pick up tennis after being told that this guy was the pinnacle of the sport? Constant grunting, retrieving, moonballing.
Think of the picture it paints to have him winning all four slams. He'd scare off more potential players than Hewitt and Roddick ever did at number 1.

I'd like to see a player win all four slams some day. But that kind of responsibility belongs to a player like Federer or Nalbandian.
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Nadal winning the GS is a slap in the face to every true fan of the sport, seeing it dominated by a player who plays every point camped in the backhand corner waiting for his opponent to make an error.

Can you imagine anyone wanting to pick up tennis after being told that this guy was the pinnacle of the sport? Constant grunting, retrieving, moonballing.

Think of the picture it paints to have him winning all four slams. He'd scare off more potential players than Hewitt and Roddick ever did at number 1.

I'd like to see a player win all four slams some day. But that kind of responsibility belongs to a player like Federer or Nalbandian.
Players like Nadal bring something positive into the sport that wasn't always there before, and that's the physical aspect of the game. Boris Becker did it in his time, and now Nadal's doing it in this decade.

You have to look beyond the days when tennis players wore tight white shorts and had average physiques. At the moment if you go to a tennis court the average player will either be a rich retired man/woman or a skinny kid.

But the trend is slowly changing. The game is getting much more physical, as are the people playing it.

Retrieving the ball is something that requires good physical condition. You just have to look at guys like Gael Monfils, today, or Michael Chang, in the 90's.

Surely you don't prefer the future tennis stars to walk around the court and just stare desperately everytime the opponent hits the ball on the other side of the court.



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if agassi thinks that, he better wake the f*** up and apologise...

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Andre is old fart......
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Nadal winning the GS is a slap in the face to every true fan of the sport, seeing it dominated by a player who plays every point camped in the backhand corner waiting for his opponent to make an error.

Can you imagine anyone wanting to pick up tennis after being told that this guy was the pinnacle of the sport? Constant grunting, retrieving, moonballing.
Think of the picture it paints to have him winning all four slams. He'd scare off more potential players than Hewitt and Roddick ever did at number 1.

I'd like to see a player win all four slams some day. But that kind of responsibility belongs to a player like Federer or Nalbandian.
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if agassi thinks that, he better wake the f*** up and apologise...
send him an email with the advise, i bet he'll follow.
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Nadal winning the GS is a slap in the face to every true fan of the sport, seeing it dominated by a player who plays every point camped in the backhand corner waiting for his opponent to make an error.

Can you imagine anyone wanting to pick up tennis after being told that this guy was the pinnacle of the sport? Constant grunting, retrieving, moonballing.
Think of the picture it paints to have him winning all four slams. He'd scare off more potential players than Hewitt and Roddick ever did at number 1.

I'd like to see a player win all four slams some day. But that kind of responsibility belongs to a player like Federer or Nalbandian.
If your precious Roger was good enough to do it he would've by now. Don't hate on Rafa because he has a chance to, just because you don't like his tennis.

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Andre is taking cortisone shots to his brain now?

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