“Pure Love of the Game”: Simona Halep’s Coach Compares Andre Agassi With Roger Federer and Andy Murray

Published 07/02/2021, 12:12 PM EDT
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Andy Murray congratulates winner, Roger Federer on victory following their match during Andy Murray Live at The Hydro on November 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Andy Murray Live)


Tennis icons Roger Federer and Andy Murray often find themselves in front of the retirement question. Despite them shutting that business down religiously, they can never outlast the inquisition. Moreover, the tennis community usually wonders about their purpose for playing even after suffering severe body blows. Not to mention, they have also won everything that the sport has to offer.

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On this subject, Darren Cahill, active coach of Simona Halep, voiced his views. In essence, he drew parallels between Federer and Murray contesting in Wimbledon Champions 2021 and Andre Agassi at the 2006 US Open. And because Cahill also coached the American legend, he knows about the driving force behind these passionate players.

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Halep’s coach on similarities between Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray

Every ardent tennis fans remember the 2006 US Open, the last tournament 8-time Grand Slam champion Agassi played. Besides the memories, the American exhibited some tennis that breathes inside the fans even today. Cahill liked to label it as “pure love of the game.”

DUBAI, UAE – FEBRUARY 22: In preparation for the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, tennis legend Andre Agassi of the USA and the World’s No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland, couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly ‘hit’ on the world’s most unique tennis court, the Helipad of the Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel on February 22, 2005, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Getty Images for Dubai Duty Free)

Elaboratively, the Australian coach explained that even though athletes might have different reasons to carry on, their passion for the sport is the same.

“Every athlete’s why is a bit different, but what is a common thread with any champion athlete still competing in their twilight years is a pure love of the game,” Cahill said. He added that Agassi against Andrei Pavel and Marcos Baghdatis in the 2006 US Open feel like yesterday to him.

Furthermore, he highlighted that Britain’s biggest hope got a taste of that against Oscar Otte. Murray survived a five-setter after losing the second and third set in Wimbledon Championships 2021 second round. Afterward, Cahill added that the same applies to 20 major champion Federer, who took Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

“If these matches are important for these great champions, these moments are important for us, and the effort should always be appreciated. You can critique the tennis but never the why,” Cahill concluded.

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Why is Federer and Andy’s comeback at Wimbledon so special?

Foremost, Murray won his first match at Wimbledon after four years. Amid that time, the Scot underwent hip surgery keeping him out of the Tour for long.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Oscar Otte REUTERS/Toby Melville

Besides, Federer hopes to lift his record-extending ninth Wimbledon title as the oldest man in the singles draw. He is coming after going under two knee surgeries in 2020.

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Above all, watching their energy and spirit never dies off for tennis fans. Hopefully, they will continue to contribute to the sport for many coming years.

How happy are you watching Federer and Murray in Wimbledon Championships 2021?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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