Rafael Nadal is always a threat, warns Andre Agassi

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Rafael Nadal is always a threat, warns Andre Agassi

In an interview to AS the eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi commented on Rafael Nadal's possibilities to win his 18th Grand Slam title at this year's Australian Open. 'I did not see closely his first two matches, but if he is healthy he is always a threat', said Agassi.

'He knows how to win. Probably he is one of the best competitors we have had, so I believe he has good chances.' Asked who is the youngest player he likes the most, Agassi replied: 'I did not spend too much time looking at them.

Now in Melbourne I can see the younger guys that from home I do not have the chance to follow, because not all the matches are broadcasted on Tv, so I want to learn. This is a great opportunity to look at the Australians. They are funny to see.'

About the new Davis Cup format, Agassi added: 'I understand the goals. You need to wait and see if it works or not. But I do not like changes that influence the sport history. Hopefully all the players compete, but you are forgetting about many cultures and communicaties that were benefiting a lot through the old system.

Personally, I do not like anything. It did not look bad to me that Wimbledon switched from white to yellow balls, that at the US Open now you have a free day between semifinals and finals... For me you have change levels that are more acceptable.'

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