Andre Agassi calls Nadal, not Federer, greatest of all-time

The two rivals still have a few years to settle the debate. (USATSI)

Despite a significant gap in overall Grand Slam titles, former World No. 1 Andre Agassi opined via The Telegraph that Rafael Nadal was the greatest player in the history of the sport, ahead of Roger Federer. 

Nadal has 13 titles (eight on the clay courts of Roland Garros) compared to Federer’s 17 (the most ever), but it’s the fact that Nadal has thrived in the “golden-age of tennis” that gives the Spaniard the edge, in Agassi’s mind.

“Federer separated himself from the field for four years. He separated himself from [Andy] Roddick and [Lleyton] Hewitt,” Agassi said.

“Nadal had to deal with Federer, Djokovic, Murray in the golden age of tennis. He has done what he has done and he’s not done yet.”

Nadal has an impressive 23-10 head-to-head mark against Federer, strengthening Agassi’s perspective, but the Swiss star has won each grand slam (excluding the French Open) at least four times.

In less frivolous news, both legends are expected to be in the French Open, which begins later this month. There had been some question as to Federer’s availability after the birth of his second set of twins earlier this week, but Federer has "every intention" of playing, according to his agent. 

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