Former player says levels are the same
Former world number 12 Dominic Hrbaty says there is no great difference between the playing levels of players now and yester-year.
Hrbaty reached his highest position in the world from 1990 to the 2000 period but he says there is not a real difference between the top stars of today and the top stars of yesterday.
"I played with [Pete] Sampras, [Andre] Agassi, [Lleyton] Hewitt and [Roger] Federer. The level is increasing, but if [Ivam] Lendl played today, he would be among the best guys. Just like Sampras or Agassi. Of course [Novak] Djokovic, [Rafael] Nadal and Federer play in an unbelievable way.
"But they have other weapons, the technology is at an higher level compared to years ago. Everything around us is improving. The gentlemen are not there are anymore, now the sport became particularly brutal.
"However, fair play gestures have not disappeared, there are nice moments in the big tournaments too."
Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.