The Big 3 will be the reference point for the competition again this season. Novak Djokovic won for the ninth time at the Australian Open a little over a month ago, although the bookmakers were convinced that it could be the right time for the unleashed Daniil Medvedev.
Thanks to an abdominal injury remedied in Melbourne, the world number 1 chose to take a break for a few weeks before the 'campaign' on clay. The same fate also for Rafael Nadal, who has only played in the Australian Open up to now, still in pain due to an annoying back problem.
Fans were able to witness the return of Roger Federer, who showed up in Doha after more than a year of absence. The Swiss phenomenon, who has given up in Dubai and Miami, should participate in the season on red to prepare for Wimbledon.
During a long interview with CNBC TV18, Andre Agassi stated that every surface has its own GOAT and that it is not easy to make comparisons.
Agassi on his partnership with Novak Djokovic
"I think if you took the three best to talk about - obviously Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic," Andre Agassi stated.
"It is different to say who has the best career and it is different to say when somebody is playing at their best, who is the best." According to the American, we can only decide who among Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal is the greatest of all time if an all-surface event comprising of 'hundred' matches between the three was organized.
"We have the best on fast grasscourts with Roger, we have the best on clay, and we have the best on hardcourts," Agassi said. "So stick them in a tournament that has multiple surfaces, and make them play each other a hundred times and I will give you the answer."
Andre Agassi served as Novak Djokovic’s coach from May 2017 to March 2018. "I wasn't helping him for me," Agassi said. "My reasons were because I believed that it's best for tennis if somehow he could get the best out of himself and then getting to know him & his family, I had a desire to help.
My goal is to help you, but if I am in your way or if I am stopping your process or interfering with your process then it's best I sort of step out of your way," the American added. "But I can't necessarily subscribe to the choices that you are making."