I don’t always know how seriously to take Andre Agassi, but before Roger he was my favorite player, so at least its worth it for me to look at what he has to say. After Rafa won the Australian Open earlier this year, he said that Rafa will go on to win the calender year grand slam, but after Roger won the French Open he was there to hand the cup over to Roger, and he had nothing but praise for the GOAT. It seems like he likes to jump the gun, and the same may be true for his latest comments. According to him the Federer/Nadal era is coming to an end now, and Andy Murray is likely to take over from them. If he said Djokovic or Delpo I may still have taken him seriously, but Murray?! Murray made one semi-final in a slam this year, his best result.
Other than that he has actually been very disappointing in the slams. Djokovic the same, he only made one semi-final at a slam. As far as I’m concerned, the only guy who looks like he is taking over from Roger and Rafa at this point is Delpo, but the problem with him is that he could be prone to injuries. We will just have to see. Delpo is the only guy who I can see giving trouble to Rafa at Roland Garros and Roger at the US Open. I don’t think he can trouble Roger at Wimbledon and at the Australian Open he got schooled by Roger this year. Fitness is important Down Under and it’s yet to be seen if Delpo can handle the heat. I agree with Agassi about the possibility of the Federer/Nadal era coming to an end, but as I said he may be jumping the gun here again.
I don’t think just because Roger and Rafa have not won every single slam this year, means that their era is coming to an end. The same thing happened in 2008 when Djokovic won the Australian Open, but look at what he did in the slams in 2009. It’s one thing to get lucky and win one slam, but it’s a different thing to win multiple slams. We will just have to see if Delpo can win more slams. I think he should, but what if he becomes injury prone? Even though I also feel like Roger and Rafa may start winding down now, you can’t deny the fact that they are still the most experienced when it comes to the slams, and the fact that Delpo won the US Open is not exactly a ‘changing of the guard’. When I think of changing of the guard I think of the day Roger beat Sampras at Wimbledon.
After that Sampras never won Wimbledon again and Roger went on to dominate. I don’t see that happening with Roger and Rafa yet. I think Rafa still have French Open titles in him left while Roger still has Wimbledon-, US Open- and possibly Australian Open titles in him left. If he could win another French Open that would just be a bonus. After Agassi made these comments, Rafa reminded him that he is still only 23 years old. Lol! Even though Rafa is having problems, you have to say that 23 is a little early to just write him off. But I also agree with Agassi that Rafa’s injuries will probably be recurring from now on. Especially if you look at the fact that he doesn’t seem to be adjusting his schedule much. What Agassi says about Murray is a different story.
First of all I agree that he has a lot of talent and that he could be the next guy to dominate tennis. I don’t know about Murray being able to beat anyone on any surface though. I’ll be very surprised if he ever wins the French Open. Assuming that Agassi was talking about the present, then there is no way Murray can beat guys like Rafa, Delpo, Djokovic and Roger on clay, along with a few other. Forget it. But the fact that Murray has been very timid thus far in the grand slams is the most worrying thing for him. I have said this before and I will say it again: Murray has to make some big change before he can win a slam. His game style is too negative and he waits for his opponents mistakes when he needs to play more attacking in the slams.
This for me has a lot to do with Murray’s attitude. He is still too cocky and that ultimately comes from self doubt. Guys like Roger and Rafa are not cocky, just confident. There is something off about the way that Murray goes ‘Mon!’ all the time. I don’t see any grand slam champions doing that. Murray needs to change something about his attitude to win slams. He must become more humble, and instead of going ‘Mon!’ after every point, he must focus on playing attacking tennis when the chips are down. Fortune favors the brave. If you look at the future of tennis then you look at guys like Murray, Delpo and Djokovic. Of those three Delpo is the best mentally, but there is still a question mark over his physique for me. If he can stay injury free he has the best chance of taking over from Roger and Rafa.
I don’t understand why Agassi says that Djokovic and Delpo is gaining ground on Roger and Rafa. Didn’t Roger just school Djokovic in Cincinnatti and the US Open? Djokovic has been playing better since the start of the US Open hard court season, but the problem with him of late has been consistency. He hasn’t been the same player that he was in 2007 and first half of 2008. If he can become more consistent he can become a threat at the slams once more. So for me Delpo is the biggest threat at this point bar injury. At least Agassi admits that Roger could still do some special things. I think Roger is going to win two more Wimbledon titles, one more US Open and possibly another Australian Open. Anything more would be a bonus.
That would give him 18-19 slams, the most Wimbledon titles in history, the most US Open titles in the open era and possibly tie him with Agassi for the most Australian Open titles in the open era. I think you would agree with me that that would be pretty damn special. And that is only the slams, that doesn’t include all the other records he has already broken or could yet break. The Federer/Nadal era may be coming to an end, but it is definitely not over.