Mats Wilander

  • Djokovic has better chance against Nadal in semis

    Eurosport analyst Mats Wilander was hugely impressed by Novak Djokovic, as the world number one saw off the challenge of veteran Tommy Haas to reach the French Open semi-finals.

    Djokovic will now meet Rafael Nadal for a place in the final, and Mats believes the Serb stands a better chance of beating the Spanish clay-court master in the semis rather than in the championship game, as he explains in the video below:

    Mats also casts his expert eye over how Nadal won through, with a straight-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka, and says the conditions suited the world number four:

    On the women's

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  • Nadal not yet at his peak

    Eurosport expert Mats Wilander believes Rafael Nadal is not at the peak of his powers just yet.

    Defending champion Nadal has been in decent but not dominant form at the French Open.

    Wilander thinks this is because the Spaniard, who only recently recovered from a serious injury, does not have quite as much power as previously.

    "Nadal is not as ferocious compared to the other guys any more, the other guys being such good ball strikers.

    "They are coming out knowing they need to hit it hard, to hit winners, and Rafa’s forehand doesn’t look as ferocious.

    "I really think it’s very close, I don’t

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  • Sharapova’s hidden depths

    In his regular Hawk-Eye feature, Mats Wilander analyses why Maria Sharapova is such a formidable opponent as she continues the defence of her French Open title.

    Her high-risk tennis pays dividends, as Mats reveals in the video below.

    Mats also took a look at Novak Djokovic's heavy win over up and coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

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  • Wilander: Serena’s incredible serve makes her unbeatable

    Mats Wilander looks at how Serena Williams's serve and comes to the conclusion that she is virtually unbeatable.

    Serena breezed past Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-2, extending her winning streak to 27 matches and laying down a marker of her title potential.

    The American has dropped a mere six games, and Wilander believes that her power and repertoire of different serves makes her a truly formidable opponent.

    "Can she be beaten? Her serves make sure that she is always on the front foot and attacking, which makes life pretty impossible for her opponents," he said.

    "There is no doubt that her serve is

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  • Stosur’s serve a huge asset

    Former finalist Sam Stosur's serve once again was the talking point after another impressive display at the French Open in Paris.

    With the ball in her hand, ninth seed Stosur has often been favourably compared to some of her male counterparts, and it was no different after her second-round win over Kristina Mladenovic at Roland Garros.

    "Sam played a really, really solid match. It was really impressive, especially the serve," Mladenovic said after her 6-4 6-3 defeat. "She was serving just amazing, I would say like a man today, really."

    Stosur next meet Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, but before she

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  • Tsonga needs to get forward to get ahead

    Roland Garros crowd favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga despatched Jarkko Nieminen to reach the third round of the French Open, but there are still cracks in the Frenchman's game.

    Eurosport expert Mats Wilander uses Hawk-Eye to take a look at Tsonga's return, and suggests he needs to keep getting forward if he is to progress much further in Paris.

    Tsonga beat the veteran Finn in straight sets, 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-3 and will next meet fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

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  • How has Tommy Haas kept going so long?

    Veteran Tommy Haas may be 35 years old, but he is yet to allow his advancing years become a barrier to his game.

    Having despatched Guillaume Rufin of France in straight sets at Roland Garros, Haas next plays American prospect Jack Sock for a place in the third round of the French Open.

    Before he does, Eurosport expert Mats Wilander praises the German's longevity and takes a look at his backhand, still one of the best in the game.

    Tommy Haas at the 2013 French Open (Reuters)

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  • Nadal: No pressure being Spanish hero

    The recent Spanish swing of the tennis season allowed Mats Wilander to catch up with some of the nation's most important figures.

    In the videos below, you can watch Mats chat to Spain's top two male players in Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, as well as the Spanish Davis Cup coach Alex Corretja and Fed Cup coach Conchita Martinez plus former French Open champion Sergi Bruguera.

    First, Nadal speaks on whether his status as a national icon adds extra pressure to his game:

    Ferrer speaks candidly on trying to infiltrate the ATP rankings' 'Big Four':

    Corretja praises the national attitude towards

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  • ‘We worried Rafa would never play again’

    Mats Wilander presents a very special edition of his Mats Point programme, focusing on the incredible career and life of Rafael Nadal.

    The player himself speaks to Mats about his hopes for the season after returning from injury, but that's just the start.

    Eurosport's resident tennis legend also catches up with the men at the Mallorcan tennis club where the seeds of Rafa's greatness were sewn.

    And perhaps most revealing of all, there is a candid interview with Rafa's uncle and coach, Tony Nadal, who tells Mats all about the depths of despair that Rafa and the team behind him had to come

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  • The wild and wonderful world of Novak Djokovic

    In the latest edition of Mats' Point, the team have been following the always entertaining Novak Djokovic around the place.

    Watch him swim with turtles in Dubai, nail a three point shot with the LA Lakers and then do some Serbian folk dancing.

    Djokovic and the legend that is Pete Sampras also talked to Mats after they teamed up for a charity match in Los Angeles.

    Mats also had a one-on-one interview with Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska about her hopes for the future.

    And finally he advises on the top shots you must play in desert conditions like the players faced in Indian Wells last week.


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