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Agassi says Nadal ahead of Federer as all-time best. Is he?

May 09, 2014 08:49 IST

Agassi says Nadal ahead of Federer as all-time best. Is he?

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Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has picked Spaniard Rafael Nadal over Swiss maestro Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player ever, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Federer, with 17 Grand Slam titles, leads his younger opponent who has 13 majors and is recognised as a complete player on all surfaces.

"I'd put Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2," Agassi told Singapore's Straits Times newspaper, stoking the popular debate.

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Image: (Left to right): Roger Federer, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal.
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'Nadal had to deal with Federer, Djokovic, Murray'

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"Federer separated himself from the field for four years. He separated himself from [Andy] Roddick and [Lleyton] Hewitt.

"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."

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Image: Rafael Nadal (left) checks out the 2009 Australian Open final after beating Roger Federer in the final.
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'He has done it all during Federer's prime'

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Nadal leads Federer 23-10 in all meetings and Agassi said the number of Grand Slam titles cannot be the sole yardstick to decide the greatest player.

"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."

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Image: Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Wimbledon title in 2010.
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