Quotable Quotes: Hang on, didn’t we go over this 2 years ago?
Hey guys, just thought I’d let you know – THE FEDAL ERA IS COMING TO AN END.
For the umptheenth.
HONG KONG (AP)—Andre Agassi says Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s domination of the men’s game is coming to an end, tipping Scotsman Andy Murray as the most likely successor.
“Now we have possibly the changing of the guard. You have those top two who are now losing ground to the likes of (Novak) Djokovic and Murray and (Juan Martin) del Potro,” Agassi told reporters in Hong Kong by phone from Las Vegas.
Nadal has struggled with injuries since his stunning exit in the fourth round of the French Open. Federer won the French and Wimbledon, breaking Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams, but was beaten in the U.S. Open final by 21-year-old Argentine del Potro. It was the first Grand Slam won by a player other than Federer or Nadal since Djokovic won the 2008 Australian Open.
Agassi, who preceded Federer in winning all four grand slam tournaments over his career, believes the Swiss “still has the chance to do some more special things,” but the 28-year-old’s chances are diminishing with age.
Agassi, who was promoting his upcoming exhibition match against Sampras in the Chinese gambling enclave Macau on Oct. 25, worried that Nadal’s injuries may be chronic.
“If you’re struggling with your knee, it tends to be recurring and not to be easy to do, so I got to believe he’ll struggle with it probably for his career,” Agassi said.
Agassi said the 22-year-old Murray is the man most likely to be the dominant figure over the next few years. The world No. 3 is still seeking his first Grand Slam title.
“From a talent standpoint, Murray is a person who should win multiple Slams,” Agassi said.
“When I look at his game compared to the other players, he has what it takes to win and to win against anybody on any surface.”
I’m not saying he’s entirely wrong. I’m just saying he’s stating the obvious and stating it prematurely.
Back in 2007, I thought Djokovic might be the one to end Federer and Nadal’s stranglehold. He seemingly did, a year later at the Australian Open. But the Almight Fedal reinstated their dominance with such intensity during the summer of 2008 that the topic was thrown into the backwaters of tennis world. Not entirely dissipated, just biding its time.
Then of course, del Poop took the US Open this year, defeating an injured Nadal and an exhausted if not slightly complacent Federer en route to the title and suddenly, the discussion flares up again. Surprise, surprise.
But you know what? Federer and Nadal aren’t going anywhere. Even if they weren’t the No 1 and 2 players in the world (which they still are, in case you only read Simon Reed), Fed and Rafa are still going to be major slam contenders, in a Williams Sisters kinda way.
I’m not sure how Andre defines “successor”. To me, there will be no immediate successor to Federer and Nadal.
Once their hold on the game wanes, we’re back to 4 different slam winners a year, the top spot shuffled between 3 or 4 guys – the early noughties “merry-go-round”. Murray will most probably be one of the guys in contention. Or as Simon Reed would have us believe, it’s going to be the era of the Muzzlic.