In an interview with Socrates Magazine, former German player Michael Stich commented on the differences between present and past tennis. Stich said: "Tennis is much more physical than it has ever been. However, it became balanced.
There is no longer the variety and creativity of John McEnroe, Borgs or my time. Now, those three players - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - stand out anyway. But I would like to see our sport becoming more creative and flexible.
"The Big Three are amazing players, who show an unbelievable consistency year after year, that's without a doubt. But at the same time, I see it as a bad thing for the new generation, who are not able to deal with the three guys and make the next step.
This is certainly caused by the quality of those three players, but also because younger guys now have not developed enough ambition to have a real chance." Stich was also asked what was the toughest opponent he had ever faced: "Andre Agassi, without ifs and but.
I did not beat him even once. He is the most talented player i have ever seen. He had a talent nobody had. He had some weaknesses, but he also had an unbelievable quality for his abilities. It was not that good for my game to face him", said Stich, who lost to Agassi all the six times they faced each other, including the 1994 US Open final. Stich was the Hamburg German Open Tournament Director until 2018. He was replaced by Sandra Reichel this year.