Federer deserves Grand Slam more than me: Agassi
Andre Agassi, the last man to complete a career Grand Slam 10 years ago, said on Saturday that Roger Federer will be more deserving of the rare achievement if he wins the French Open on Sunday.See GraphicsUpdated: Jun 07, 2009 01:49 IST
Andre Agassi, the last man to complete a career Grand Slam 10 years ago, said on Saturday that Roger Federer will be more deserving of the rare achievement if he wins the French Open on Sunday.
Agassi’s Roland Garros win here in 1999 made him only the fifth man in history to have won all four majors - Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and the French Open.
The American also believes that had it not been for four-time champion Rafael Nadal, whom he described affectionately as a ‘freak of nature’, the Swiss star would have already ended his recurring Paris nightmare.
"It could be his destiny. Roger deserves it more than I did. To win on all four surfaces in your career is one of the greatest achievements in sport,” said Agassi.
“It’s something that I am so proud of because every surface, and all the different conditions, demands so much of you mentally and physically and reward you so much.
“I’ll be pulling for Roger on Sunday. He is extraordinarily talented, and the grace and the way he plays is very special to see. “If it wasn’t for a freak of nature from Mallorca, he could have won this many times,” quipped Agassi.
First Published: Jun 07, 2009 01:23 IST