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‘The day I played Federer was the day I realised I was playing the greatest of all time,’ says Agassi

Andre Agassi says he believes Roger Federer is the greatest of all time, but tennis is the real winner in the debate.

Agassi was part of the last great generation before Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, although his career did overlap with the Swiss star.

And it was then when Agassi saw Federer’s quality up close and appreciated just how good he is.

“The day I played Federer, that was the day I realised I was playing the greatest player of all time,” Agassi told the Hindu Times.

“I never got to face Nadal’s best tennis and I’m thankful for that.

“Novak is someone who can play on any surface and be capable to win. And that is a big thing to say. Overall, tennis is the winner.”

Inevitably, the end is nearing for the big three who, despite their continued quality are facing far greater challenges on tour.

“I am glad the highlight of my career didn’t come during this generation,” Agasso admitted.

“We have three guys who are greatest of all times – all playing at same time. But these younger have started knocking on the doors.

“Zverev, Medevev, Thiem – not only believe they can win but have starting expecting it. A change of guard is coming.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.