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SINGAPORE: Andre Agassi has picked Rafael Nadal ahead of Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer when asked to choose the best player in tennis history, a report said on Thursday.

The American, putting a new slant on one of the sport's great debates, said he prefers Nadal because the Spaniard has thrived in an ultra-competitive "golden age of tennis".

"I'd put Nadal number one, Federer number two," the eight-time Grand Slam-winner told Singapore's Straits Times in an interview.

"Federer separated himself from the field for four years. He separated himself from (Andy) Roddick and (Lleyton) Hewitt," Agassi added.

"Nadal had to deal with Federer, (Novak) Djokovic, (Andy) Murray in the golden age of tennis. He has done what he has done and he's not done yet."

Conventional wisdom ranks Federer ahead of Nadal, as the Swiss holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles against 13 for the current world number one.

But Nadal has a convincing 23-10 head-to-head record against Federer and is one Australian Open victory away from becoming only the third man to win all four Grand Slam titles twice.

"He has won multiple (majors), every single one (more than once) except the Australian Open -- and give him another year on that," Agassi said.

"It's just remarkable to me what he has done, and he has done it all during Federer's prime."


Agassi added that he did not discount Australia's Rod Laver, two-time winner of the calendar-year Grand Slam, when rating the greatest player of all time.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/top-stories/Agassi-picks-Nadal-over-Federer-as-all-time-best/articleshow/34823187.cms
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Wow, finally a big name dares to speak up and spread the truth in mainstream media, good development :worship:
 

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Good to know Agassi doesn't consider himself as a serious opposition in Fed's era.

Fed has spent the major part of his carreer with Dull as a threat, and has won most of his slams after Dull's first slam. It's the ability to consistently beat all players on all surfaces, and therefore winning majors, that make you the GOAT.
Not a good H2H against one of the all-time greats. Actually some Dulltards have such twisted logic that they consider Dull is the GOAT because he has good H2H against the GOAT! :spit:

Dulltards need to go to school, and that applies to Wigassi too.
 

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Good to know Agassi doesn't consider himself as a serious opposition in Fed's era.

Fed has spent the major part of his carreer with Dull as a threat, and has won most of his slams after Dull's first slam. It's the ability to consistently beat all players on all surfaces, and therefore winning majors, that make you the GOAT.
Not a good H2H against one of the all-time greats. Actually some Dulltards have such twisted logic that they consider Dull is the GOAT because he has good H2H against the GOAT! :spit:

Dulltards need to go to school, and that applies to Wigassi too.
Of course he doesn't consider himself serious opposition, he was there when he had to be carried to the US Open 2005 final on a stretcher at 35 and still managed to take a set :spit:
 

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They will always like to do that, even before Roger overtook Sampras in the Slam count, many players already considered him the GOAT and better than Sampras. Now that Nadal is closer, some are already saying hes better than Roger. No surprise here imo.
 

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:haha: Now that Sampras is out of the picture (he failed to present Nadull with #14 since even the best laid plans go awry), DrugAssi is getting pressure from the ATP. Wonder how much crack money he needs to say this :eek:
 

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Interesting, if Roddick and Hewitt were so weak why Dull hadn't won any slams outside of clay until "the Golden era" and reach his first HC final at 2009 :confused:
 

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So accoriding to this, Djokovic is also in a good position to become goat, he almost has a positive h2h with Federer and Nadal, with Murray already in the pocket he surely was the best of the golden era if he wins a couple of matches againts Fed and Nadal.
 

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Nadal has to deal with Federer but Federer didn't have to deal with Nadal? Logic at its best.
 

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So accoriding to this, Djokovic is also in a good position to become goat, he almost has a positive h2h with Federer and Nadal, with Murray already in the pocket he surely was the best of the golden era if he wins a couple of matches againts Fed and Nadal.
Djokovic is just too far behind, and by the way, he has been himiliated by Federer too many times.
 

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Fedtards panicking now that the truth is also starting to appear in mainstream media, what a glorious sight :)
 

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He has to deal with Nadal, and he did it poorly.
17 > 13. Not his fault Dull wasn't able to do any damage in times of Roddick and Hewitt :superlol:
 

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Does this sort of "controversial" talk genuinely increase interest in tennis, because that's the only reason I can think of why a new GOAT is being promoted every few years. Or is it just because it sells newspapers? As far as I follow Agassi's argument, surely Sampras is the GOAT then. He has a higher slam count than Nadal and played in a more competitive era, with surfaces requiring a more varied playstyle. I wonder whether that was his intended direction :lol:
 
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