Cahill Agassi vs Gilbert Agassi
Cahill Agassi vs Gilbert Agassi. Which style of player do you prefer?
I'm not asking which player is better since it wouldn't be quite fair as Agassi's overall quickness reduced slightly during the Cahill years. But in terms of tactics and playing style there is a difference.
Gilbert Agassi stayed on and inside the baseline as much as possible. And he took full swings at most returns.
Cahill Agassi was on and around the baseline but also played behind the baseline. And he blocked back returns at times, though still took full swings frequently.
They are very similar players, but overall Gilbert Agassi was more of a cowboy in terms of taking the attack to his opponent (though ironically Cahill Agassi came to the net slightly more). But in terms of taking the ball on the rise Gilbert Agassi was the king of that.
The way I see it, Gilbert Agassi had a greater chance of winning a Grand Slam than Cahill Agassi, not because of being younger but just the mere fact that if both Cahill Agassi and Gilbert Agassi are in 100% ball-striking form I would say the Gilbert version could win 7 straight Grand Slam matches, while the Cahill version might get to the semis or final but lack the knockout blow to put away the Safin or Federer due to playing more defensively and behind the basleline at crucial times.
The Cahill Agassi might bring more consistent results due to his decision to play higher percentage tennis when his timing is off. But the Gilbert Agassi has the better a-game when his timing is on.
Which do you prefer?
Last edited by atpSUPERMAN; 10-01-2006 at 03:02 PM.