Mats Wilander

Game, Set and Mats: Djokovic must improve against ‘perfect’ Nadal

Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander and Annabel Croft take a look at how Novak Djokovic kept Ernests Gulbis at bay, and what it means for Sunday’s final with Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic survived a third-set wobble to see off his Estonian friend in the semi-finals of the French Open.


Gulbis did not play quite as well as previously in what has proved to be his breakout tournament; but Djokovic still had to keep focused, especially after losing the third set.

Djokovic was not entirely pleased with his performance in that stanza:

Ultimately the win set up a title tilt with Rafael Nadal, but the Serb will have to play better against the Spaniard in Sunday’s final.

Nadal utterly destroyed Andy Murray in their semi-final, leading Mats to conclude that you have to pretty much play a perfect match to beat him on clay.


Mats points to Rafa’s record, which – over all five-setters on clay – gives opponents just over a 1% chance of beating him. Wow.

You can watch the final LIVE on Eurosport and the Player on Sunday!

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