After getting beat by Novak Djokovic in the semifinal round of the 2016 Australian Open, Roger Federer had some nice words for his rival and even compared a part of the Serbian’s game to that of tennis all-time great Andre Agassi.
The Swiss Maestro stated in the post-match interview that Djokovic’s return game was excellent and compared it to that of Agassi, who is considered one of the best players in the history of the sport.
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve seen Novak play this well before. It’s tough when it’s from the start because obviously you got to try to stop the bleeding at some point, you know,” Federer said in the tournament’s official website.
“Because he returns very well, like Andre Agassi. He can get one or two sets all of a sudden. Those sets run away very quickly.”
Federer fell behind two sets to one, 1-6 1-2, early on and at that point it was a mere formality on when will Djokovic finish the match. Federer won the third set, 6-3, but Djokovic went on to dominate again in the fourth set, 6-3 and finished the match at about two and a half hours.
Agassi from the United States was one of the most dominant players from the early 1990s to the early-2000s. The American won eight Grand Slam titles in his career including four at the Australian Open (1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003).
Agassi’s strengths on the court included powerful returns on serves plus excellent groundstroke and baseline games, which Djokovic is also very well known for.
Federer was all praises for the current World No. 1 and admitted that there’s “no doubt” that Djokovic is playing at a very high level in Melbourne.
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