An eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi has completed his duties in Australia for this January, with his pupil Grigor Dimitrov losing in the fourth round to Frances Tiafoe in four tight sets. Just like in the previous days, the four-time Australian Open champion had a chance to talk about the players from the very top, a day after the fourth-round matches that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer played on the Rod Laver Arena.
Rafa managed to beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to stay on the title course, dominating against the Czech in sets one and two before sealing the deal in a much tighter third set where he had to save a set point. On the other hand, Roger Federer had no such fortune a few hours later, losing to the young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets to suffer his first Australian Open loss in three years, losing almost 2000 points to drop out from the top-five.
The American complimented both players once again, saying they are coming from an outstanding generation and that Tour will lose a lot after they retire, highlighting that the crowd should enjoy in every match they play. "I'm sick of being wrong, quite frankly.
These guys are redefining the bar and expectations," Agassi said. "Watching how Roger goes through his matches, it's like he has another gear you never knew he had and he makes up for other areas that might not be like they once were.
But he makes a lot of good decisions out there. Rafa needs his body a lot more than Roger does just based on how he plays and his urgency, the physicality. Roger has more options to put less kilometers on his body. So all I can say is that when it comes to an end, it happens fast.
To say when that's going to happen, it's not possible. It's an incredible generation. It will be sad when it's gone. But there's always that anticipation of change. Sometimes the disappointment, too, of change, where it kind of stays open for a little while.
But you can't make those predictions and speculation. You just count your blessing today and see what happens."