In an interview the three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten spoke about how tennis evolved over the years. The Brazilian said: "In tennis you have to play better than your opponent for a long time. In football, you can play five minutes and win.
In tennis it's difficult, you have to play for at least two hours against your opponent. It gives you more chances to the better player to win. It's almost impossible to play better than your opponent and not lose. You cannot play well a set...
But in tennis, 99 percent of the best guys wins. That's why it's right." Asked what advice he would give a player in order to beat Rafael Nadal, Kuerten replied: "It's tough. If you come with a strategy, he brings another shot that is even better.
Now he is more aggressive. You need to believe you are able to win." On the development of tennis in Brazil, Kuerten concluded: "You ask yourself how and when it will happen. We need more qualities on many aspects.
We have enough players, maybe not as much as France, but Brazil is pretty big. Then, we do not have a lot of history. For me that's a big goal, to help the Federation and build a school for the younger players. If we manage to share our knowledge in a country like ours, we will have players. I think we should have at least five or six top 100 players or four on the top 20."