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April 27, 2010: "That would crush me if they ever did that. That’s the one thing that always sets the majors apart, to win 21 sets. It’s a combination of mental and physical. Being injury-free is part of it. You can’t take that away from them."
— Noted coach Brad Gilbert, appalled at suggestions that the International Tennis Federation, the ruling body of the Grand Slam events and Davis Cup, shorten the best-of-five-set format at the four majors to reduce injuries, in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.>
March 28 , 2009: "I'll never count the guy out. He's an amazing talent, but I don't think he could do the same things in 2009 that he did in 2004 and '05. You can't be as dominant. It's too difficult with the top 15 way better now than it was in 2004."
— Noted coach and former world No. 4 Brad Gilbert, on Roger Federer's chances to take the No. 1 spot back from Rafael Nadal, in the Los Angeles Times.
June 12, 2006: "You've got Nadal, swashbuckling Nike-like Agassi, and Federer is kind of like Sampras. The reason it is so epic and special is that one guy is on the verge of chasing history and one guy might be the best clay-court player since Borg. So to make history, he has to go through the new Borg."
Brad Gilbert, former world No. 4 and now a TV tennis analyst, on why the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal rivalry is so compelling.
March 1, 2006: "The game back then was stronger at the top. Wilander, Lendl and Connors, those guys were ultimate warriors. In those days, Mac could snooze into the quarters. But now players are monumentally better from No. 10-150 in the rankings."
Brad Gilbert, The former world No. 4 player, comparing 1984 when John McEnroe racked up an Open Era won-loss record of 82-3 and 13 singles titles, to 2005, when Roger Federer notched an 81-4 mark with 11 titles, including two Grand Slams and a record four ATP Masters Series crowns, on ESPN.com.
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