Federer vs Agassi

On hard courts, who's better, 2005 Agassi, or 2018 Federer?


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Pheasant

Hall of Fame
2005 Agassi was 32-7, .821 overall on hard courts that year. He was 0-4 vs Peak Fed, including 3 losses in straight set blowouts. But against the rest of the field, he was an amazing 32-3.

2018 Fed was 36-8, .818 overall on hard courts that year. Old man Fed didn't have Peak Fed blocking him that year. However, old man Fed won a slam title on hard courts.

Who's better?
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
My money is on 2005 Agassi by a hair. I think that 2005 Fed would give 2018 Fed a beat down as well. I also think Davydenko and James Blake would give 2018 Federer some problems.
 

Lew II

Hall of Fame
Best slam results since they turned 33:

Agassi 1 final, 2 semis
Federer 3 titles, 3 finals, 4 semis

Old Fed is just a much better player than Old Agassi.
 

Eren

Professional
Not sure whose level was better. Probably equivalent with Federer being more consistent due to the lack of good young players.
 

SaintPetros

Professional
Swindlerer has better movement and serve, Backassi better backhand and return, forehands are about even. Swindlerer's net game is a bit better as well, so I give him the nod.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
My money is on 2005 Agassi by a hair.
Why? Consider Andre had severe back pain all year (read his memoir, Open) and from June on, had a total of 12 cortisone injections directly into his spine. His movement was horrific in 2005 and he was never especially fast to begin with. 2018 Fed trounces 2005 Andre without question. Now peak Andre beats Fed in the 2005 USO because Fed was playing nervously and very poorly.
 

ReeceSachs

Professional
Why? Consider Andre had severe back pain all year (read his memoir, Open) and from June on, had a total of 12 cortisone injections directly into his spine. His movement was horrific in 2005 and he was never especially fast to begin with. 2018 Fed trounces 2005 Andre without question. Now peak Andre beats Fed in the 2005 USO because Fed was playing nervously and very poorly.
Agassi played well at the two HC slams though despite his health issues.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Why? Consider Andre had severe back pain all year (read his memoir, Open) and from June on, had a total of 12 cortisone injections directly into his spine. His movement was horrific in 2005 and he was never especially fast to begin with. 2018 Fed trounces 2005 Andre without question. Now peak Andre beats Fed in the 2005 USO because Fed was playing nervously and very poorly.
One of the few matches where Federer had the crowd against him.
Pretty understandable, by the way.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Agassi played well at the two HC slams though despite his health issues.
He lost against the dominators of each category:
Nadal, the current leader of the Masters 1000 and
Federer, the current leader of the Grand Slams.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
Best slam results since they turned 33:

Agassi 1 final, 2 semis
Federer 3 titles, 3 finals, 4 semis

Old Fed is just a much better player than Old Agassi.
What does that arbitrary cutoff have to do with the OP, which is specifically about 2005 and 2018, their age 35 and 36 seasons, respectively.

2018 Fed isn't the guy with 3 slams and 3 finals. He's the guy with 1 slam who then went on to lose in the 4th round to Millman. Andre is the guy with 1 final and 1 QF.
 

ReeceSachs

Professional
Yeah, Fed has the edge at the AO but Agassi at the USO. Overall edge to Agassi though because he didn't have a loss to a Millman calibre player.
Yeah. Agassi was unlucky to run into Federer in that ridiculous AO 2005 form though in the QF.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
Let’s shake it up a bit. Let’s have 2018 Fed swap opponents with 2005 Agassi.

How does 2018 Fed do against 2005 Fed and the rest of that field? Similarly, how does 2005 Agassi do against the 2018 field? At the USO, Agassi would be taken out by Djoker, but maybe in the final. I like Agassi’s chances in the 2018 AO. Cilic took old man Fed to 5. Maybe 2005 Agassi gets the trophy. OTOH, I don’t like 2018 Fed’s chances at any of the slams in 2005. The AO would have been murder with 2005 Fed and Safin in the way. Hewitt was still quite good too.
 
Why? Consider Andre had severe back pain all year (read his memoir, Open) and from June on, had a total of 12 cortisone injections directly into his spine. His movement was horrific in 2005 and he was never especially fast to begin with. 2018 Fed trounces 2005 Andre without question. Now peak Andre beats Fed in the 2005 USO because Fed was playing nervously and very poorly.
Lol peak Andre was always nervous at the USO except once
 
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