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American Star Andre Agassi, Who Has an Eight-Match Losing Streak to Roger Federer, Once Detailed His ‘Versatility’: ‘His Movement Was a Joke’

Published 10/01/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

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Roger Federer was one of the most consistent players and game’s stalwarts. Over the course of his career, he has played with and against many great tennis players and had several great rivalries. Despite facing the sport’s elite, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer consistently raised his game. Similarly, there was one more rivalry that existed between the Swiss Maestro and an American legend Andre Agassi.

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Agassi easily defeated the Swiss master in 1998 when they met for the first time in Basel. Federer has fought back since being dominated by Agassi at the beginning of their rivalry to take the lead in their overall head-to-head match record. In their eleven meetings, Federer has won eight of them. Recently, Andre Agassi talked about the skill level of Federer and the variety the latter brought to his game.


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Andre Agassi on Roger Federer and his versatile game of play 

In one of his interviews back in 2020, Andre Agassi revealed the unique skill sets that Roger Federer possesses and the wide range of play that the Swiss maestro has got in his armory. “So when you look at, when you look at Fed, for example, I mean, I played him in the finals, in 2005 US Open. And, there was no safe place on the court. You know, at that time, he probably had the best forehand in the world.said Agassi.

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The 52-year-old further went on to say, “When he played Roddick he always, always aced Roddick more than Roddick aced him. So you have to give him Serve credit. You have to give his return credit. His movement was was a joke, his hands at the net were a joke, the versatility were.


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Federer bids adieu after his farewell game in Laver Cup 2022

After suffering a doubles defeat in the Laver Cup in 2022, the 41-year-old Roger Federer finally bid adieu to his amazing professional tennis player. The 20-time Grand Slam winner partnered with his arch-rival/friend Rafael Nadal to compete in the men’s doubles event. 


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However, the pair went down to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe of Team World with a score of 6-4, 6-7 (7), 9-11. After the match’s conclusion, the crowd gave the Swiss Maestro a lengthy standing ovation, documenting the historic moment on their smartphones.

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Written by:

Sampreet Shetty


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Sampreet Shetty is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in engineering, he started his professional career as a content writer. Sampreet started following tennis after witnessing Andy Murray's exploits on the ATP tour during his heyday.
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Jito Tenson