In an interview as quoted by Reuters the former world No. 1 Andre Agassi spoke about what makes Novak Djokovic great. The American, who coached the Serb for some months between 2017 and 2018, said: "He can take the ball early and redirect pace or control points from the middle of the court.
These guys, they can do everything I did on a return, except they have even a little more coverage. When I was really at my best, it was a risk to play aggressive ... (today) people play aggressive." Reflecting on the decision of retiring from tennis, Agassi added: "I don’t know if you can prepare somebody for it because it all depends on what it’s meant to them and how much of their identity is tied up in it.
When you do something for the first third of your life and then you have two thirds of your life to go, it can be a tough transition." Agassi finally praised the recent US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev: "A guy like that stays healthy, he’s probably the best 6’6” mover we’ve ever seen in tennis.
He knows when to press, when to put a little urgency into your game and he knows when to sort of let you implode. His tennis IQ is really high, his offensive skill set is there, his defensive skill set is there. So he’s got everyone’s attention", concluded Agassi who last attended a Grand Slam earlier this year at the Australian Open.