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Well, Agassi was a better clean hitter. He did not hit the spin that either Nadal or Fed do, but went for the solid clean strike. I didn't know he has a congenital spine defect, but it is true, he does not like to hit on the stretch. Sampras, on the other hand, loves to hit his forehand on the run.
IMO, Agassi hit better than Nadal on both sides, was a better volleyer and net player, and was able to out hit both Nadal and Federer from the baseline when he was able to set up for his shots. The problem for Agassi against these two players is that they are two of the best movers in tennis history, and because of his congenital lumbar spine defect, Agassi was an average mover at his best, never liked to hit on the stretch, and well below average by the time he turned 30, much less 36.
From RAFA2005RG of TW forum: "Agassi said when he faced Nadal at Wimbledon 2006 it was the first time he ever felt like he didn't belong on the same court as the opponent."
...[Nadal]'s a brute, a freak, a force of nature, as strong and balletic a player as I've ever seen. But I feel—the delusional effects of winning [my second-round match]—that I might be able to make inroads. I like my chances. I lose the first set, 7–6, but take hope from how close it was.Then he annihilates me. The match takes seventy minutes. My window of opportunity is fifty-five. That's when I start to feel my back. Late in the match, with Nadal serving, I can no longer stand still. I need to move around, stomp my foot, get the blood flowing. The stiffness is so severe, the pain so great, returning is the last thing on my mind. I'm thinking only of remaining vertical.
i dislike this video......."Agassi"
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