"To be the best, you have to beat the best"Looking at Fed's 8-0 straight wins against Agassi, his dismantling of big servers during 2004-7, his handling of Nole during 2011, I don't believe any of Pete's so called tough competition in Krajicek/Phillippoussis/Stich/Ivansevic/Agassi/Becker/Courier/Lendl/Edberg would have troubled Fed much. Instead of 11 he would be having 10 slams at worst, and if Nadal is replaced by Sampras clay field, he has 12 slams, easily. Before you want to tear apart my hypothesis, look at their slam count during 94-97:
Krajicek - 1
Phillippoussis - 0
Stich - 0
Ivansevic - 0
Agassi - 2
Becker - 1
Courier - 0
Lendl - 0
Edberg - 0
Andre Agassi tabs Nadal No. 1
SINGAPORE -- Andre Agassi says Rafael Nadal should be considered the greatest tennis player ever, not Roger Federer.
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Agassi made the comments in an interview with Singapore newspaper Straits Times, saying Nadal's achievements are more impressive because he has had to deal with tougher competition.
Federer has 17 Grand Slam titles to Nadal's 13, although the Spaniard leads his Swiss rival 23-10 in head-to-head meetings.
Agassi is quoted as saying that "I'd put Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2," adding that "it's just remarkable to me what he has done, and he has done it all during Federer's prime."
"Nadal had to deal with Federer, [Novak] Djokovic, [Andy] Murray in the golden age of tennis," said Agassi.