Agassi amazed by quality in 'golden age' of game
By Nick Mulvenney ,ReutersMELBOURNE -- Eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has been amazed by the soaring quality of men's tennis since he retired and believes he would struggle to compete in what he believes is a golden age of men's tennis.
January 26, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
On his first visit to Melbourne Park since calling time on his career, Agassi said Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were arguably the three greatest players of all time and Andy Murray had shown he was capable of competing with them.
“It's been amazing watching the standard continually sort of get better,” the 42-year-old American told a news conference on Friday.
“You wonder how it's possible to continue at that sort of rate. What Federer did when he came and when I said goodbye, a lot had to do with what I knew was untouchable.
“It's just a different standard of tennis. It's different rules of engagement when guys can do what these guys can do.
“I don't recognize it from a standpoint of strategy, because I counted on getting somebody behind in a point and then slowly smothering them.
“But nobody's behind in a point. You never know when they're behind in a point. That would have eliminated any ability I had to move forward in the court.
“Means I would have had to be a different player, would've had to have a different body. It means the game has gotten a lot better.”
Murray beat Federer at the Australian Open on Friday, and will now face Djokovic in Sunday's final. Nadal missed the event due to injury.
Among them, the Big Four of men's tennis have won all bar one of the 28 grand slam titles over the last seven years.