The ‘GOAT’ debate in tennis is at an all-time high now that Novak Djokovic has gone level with arch rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to sit on 20 Grand Slams each. Many have chipped in with their opinion, including players, legends, coaches, media, and of course the fans on Social media.
Eight time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1 Andre Agassi heaped praised on ‘All-rounder’ Roger Federer and also showered him with the highest of praises.
“When he was at his prime, he might have had at least five things better than anyone”: Agassi
Agassi was part of the last great generation before Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, although his career did overlap with the Swiss star, albeit for a short time. And it was then itself that the American superstar felt he was playing against the greatest of all time.
“Federer is really the world-class, all-around player.” said Andre in a conversation with the Hindu Times. “When he was at his prime, he might have had at least five things better than anyone” added the former world number 1 .
“Never got to face Nadal’s best tennis and I’m thankful for that”
He also said remarked that he was thankful his career didn’t overlap so much with the Big Three “I am glad the highlight of my career didn’t come during this generation” Agassi admitted. “I never got to face Nadal’s best tennis and I’m thankful for that” said Andre before also going on to praise Novak Djokovic.
He praised the Serb’s ability to come up trumps and blow away opposition on any surface. “Novak is someone who can play on any surface and be capable to win. And that is a big thing to say.“
“Overall, tennis is the winner”
Agassi did, however, take a neutral standpoint when asked who is most certainly the GOAT, saying that overall, due to these debates, tennis is the winner because we have 3 who can be called the Greatest of All Time.
When asked what he thinks about the future, he added “We have three guys who are greatest of all times – all playing at same time. But these younger have started knocking on the doors.“
“Zverev, Medevev, Thiem – not only believe they can win but have starting expecting it. A change of guard is coming.“