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Andre Agassi: 'Roger Federer can't be considered the GOAT'

The Swiss ace has 19 men's singles Grand Slam titles compared to Nadal's 16 majors, but the Spaniard has dominated proceedings between the two since their first meeting in 2004.

Djokovic and Andy Murray have gone through a hard spell but tennis fans have enjoyed the spectacle of Federer and Nadal returning to their former status as the best two players in the world.

Should Nadal be considered the GOAT ahead of Federer?

The eight-time Grand Slam champion now coaches the pair's regular foe Novak Djokovic, with the Serb boasting winning records against both players.

Boasting a record number of grand slam wins, Roger Federer is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all-time.

The Grand Slam record is one among many in Federer's quiver.

"A player cannot be considered the best of all time if he has been beaten so many times by one opponent", Agassi told Swiss newspaper Le Matin.

'My choice is purely arbitrary, ' he added. After the Rafael Nadal's awesome 2013 season and the apparent Roger Federer's decline, the "Las Vegas kid" had said the Spaniard was the greatest of all time, before saying earlier this year that the Swiss was above Nadal. "It's just a debate", Agassi, who is working with former world number one Novak Djokovic, told Le Matin.

I could be churlish and easily give an opposite wording, saying Federer is the best.

"This debate has no rational basis, it comes down to "what ifs". He plays tennis so differently from others", the American said, praising Federer.

Meanwhile, Nadal pulled out of the ongoing ATP World Tour Finals with a knee injury after his 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 defeat to David Goffin in the opening round-robin match of Pete Sampras' group.

'We can not deny that Federer will mark the sport forever'.

"But Federer gives off that feeling of control, of having a solution for every problem".



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