I have tons of respect for the greats of the past, but face it, tennis is at another level right now. I was just watching Nastase vs Sandy Mayer on TTC. Pretty good tennis, Nastase was quite fast and hit some good shots, and I was quite impressed with Mayer's touch, but often times they were just playing ping pong out there. Back then you could get away with tapping the ball back. The women's match they showed (Chris Evert vs Virginia Wade) was even slower than ping pong, it was pretty laughable. These days if you take even a little bit of juice off of the ball, your opponent kills you for it. Just look at still pictures of guys hitting the ball. Back then they'd be very artistic about it with a focused look on their face, mouth closed. These days, when players hit the ball they look like they are screaming, their veins are bulging out of their neck and their face is totally contorted. It's a tougher ball game these days and that's why I admire what Agassi has done more than anyone else.