'I'd rather watch Rafael Nadal from my couch than...', says former No. 1



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'I'd rather watch Rafael Nadal from my couch than...', says former No. 1

Rafael Nadal has set an incredible new record in this 2020 that will be remembered as one of the most troubled seasons in sport and beyond. The Spaniard has overtaken Novak Djokovic and is now the player with the best career win percentage, 83.1%.

After the record of victories at Roland Garros (13) and the achievement of Federer's record of victories in a slam (20), Rafa Nadal sets a new record (among many beaten in recent weeks). The Spaniard has always been a symbol of dedication and enormous constancy on the tennis court, a characteristic modeled and perfected also by his first coach, uncle Toni.

Rafa, despite having spent his years fighting against opponents of the caliber of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, managed to conquer the best percentage of victories compared to the number of games played. In fact, Nadal won 83.1% of his career matches, despite the injuries that hit him during his career and the strong opponents he faced.

Former World number 1 Andre Agassi recently showered rich praise on Novak Djokovic, while also lauding the achievements of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The American also opened up about his tenure as Djokovic's coach.

Agassi praises Rafael Nadal

Andre Agassi lauded Rafael Nadal and suggested that the Spaniard has matched Federer's lofty standards. “I think since then I played Nadal a couple times, since then Nadal has answered that bell.

I never got to see Nadal's best tennis, and I am very thankful for that. I don't want to, I'd rather watch from my couch than see it from the other side”. Agassi then delved deeper into his brief stint as Novak Djokovic’s coach.

The American was part of the Serb’s team from May 2017 to March 2018 but called it quits due to a string of disagreements. "I think that what Novak Djokovic needed was reason to fight and to care," Agassi explained.

"It wasn't like he lost his game overnight, there was a lot of information that took him a while to process unquestionably, because he has so many skills that he didn't have to think about the game the way that I thought about the game.

But ultimately, me challenging him to stop working with me was a reason for him to prove something and he took ownership of his own tennis and he went back to his roots. And that's, that's always been what he's needed out there on a tennis court," Agassi added.

"If you ever notice him on a tennis court, he's always looking to get agitated at something and, and if he can get agitated, he gets more locked in and gets more focused. I just might have poked the bear a little harder a little sooner."