8-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi thinks that Rafael Nadal has the capability to be the Greatest of All-Time. Agassi currently coaches the pair’s regular foe Novak Djokovic, with the Serb boasting winning records against both players. Federer leads the all-time Grand Slam charts, with a record of 19 majors ahead of Nadal’s 16. He is widely labelled as the GOAT for his remarkable achievements. But Agassi believes that Nadal’s 23-15 head-to-head damages Federer’s claim to be crowned as the greatest in history. He said “A player can not be considered the best of all time if he has been beaten so many times by a rival”.
Agassi thinks that Nadal’s record over Federer gives him an advantage in being crowned as the GOAT. He also said, “My choice is purely arbitrary. I could just as easily defend the opposite view and prove to you that Federer is the best. ‘The debate has no rational basis, it comes down to ‘and if …’. It’s just a debate.”
Although he nominated Nadal as his pick for the ‘Greatest of all time’ tag, Agassi was quick to praise the 36-year-old Swiss for his outstanding career. ‘Federer is unique. In all: greatness, accuracy, ease. He plays tennis so differently from others. ‘Federer gives off that feeling of control, of having a solution for every problem. ‘We cannot deny that Federer will mark the sport forever.’
Federer will attempt to win the ATP World Tour Finals for a seventh time. This will extend his record ahead of Ivan Lendl, Pete Sampras and Novak Djokovic. Meanwhile, Nadal has fought his way back to the top of the rankings. When Federer pulled out of the Paris Masters last month, Rafa became the oldest ever year-end No 1.