Mats Wilander

  • One on one with Rafa Nadal

    In the latest edition of Game, Set and Mats, former world number one Mats Wilander has a frank, one-to-one chat with defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal.

    Having won at Flushing Meadows last season, Nadal completed a career Grand Slam, won his third consecutive Grand Slam title, and had the tennis world at his feet.

    Though he defended his French Open crown this year, Nadal has had to cope with injuries and the inexorable rise of Serbia's Novak Djokovic in 2011.

    He concedes that Djokovic has done something sensational to win the number one ranking - "I didn't lose it," Nadal insists, "he

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  • Serena, Novak brimming with confidence

    Mats Wilander brings us the latest thoughts from Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams after they progressed at the US Open.

    World No.1 Nole saved four set points in a marathon first-set tiebreak before rolling past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals

    Women's favourite Williams meanwhile triumphed 6-3 6-4 over Ana Ivanovic.

    Mats says that both players are brimming with confidence as Djokovic seeks a first Flushing Meadows crown and Serena looks for a fourth in her home Grand Slam.

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  • Injured players should finish

    Mats Wilander has criticised the spate of retirements at the US Open, saying players owe it to the fans and their opponent to finish their matches.

    While serious injuries make occasional withdrawals inevitable, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Wilander fears it is becoming an easy option for players who find themselves behind in a match.

    The Swede said the record 18 walkovers, withdrawals and retirements showed players are not fulfilling their obligations.

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  • Superb Pennetta deserves credit

    Mats Wilander pays tribute to Flavia Pennetta following her US Open victory over Maria Sharapova.

    Sharapova, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2006 but has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2008 Australian Open, was one of the favourites to win the crown after winning a lead-up event in Cincinnati.
    But the Russian made a whopping 60 unforced errors and served 12 double faults, including two in the final game which she needed to hold to stay alive.

    Pennetta, seeded 26th, raced to a 4-0 lead en route to winning the opening set. But Sharapova, who made 60 unforced errors and served 12 double

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  • A very poor day for France

    Mats Wilander rues a poor day for French tennis at the US Open while lauding the efforts of Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.

    Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet were among the French players dumped out of the tournament.

    Seventh seed Monfils was knocked out by Ferrero 7-6(5) 5-7 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 after an enthralling match lasting nearly five hours.

    Meanwhile, giant Croat Ivo Karlovic put out 13th seeded Frenchman Gasquet 6-4 6-2 2-6 7-6(4).

    Wilander bemoans the lack of progress made by the French players, while hailing the performance of Ferrero in beating Monfils.

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  • Murray strongest of top four?

    After the conclusion of the first round, Mats Wilander takes a look at the top four seeds.

    Having not lost a set in their openers, Wilander says he cannot recall an era in tennis where the top four players have enjoyed such dominance.

    Of the four, the Swede believes that Andy Murray is in the best form at present.

    Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the tournament, but with concerns still niggling about his shoulder, Mats reckons Murray could spring a surprise.

    He believes the Scot has taken note of Djokovic's rapid ascent this season and is looking to make steps forward of his own.

    And of the

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  • Making sense of Kvitova’s exit

    Mats Wilander gives his thoughts on the opening day of the US Open and tries to make sense of Petra Kvitova's shock exit in her first Grand Slam as Wimbledon champion.

    Watch Mats give his thoughts in the video below. 




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  • One on one with Pat Cash: The change to grass

    Seven-times Grand Slam champion turned Eurosport pundit Mats Wilander speaks one on one with 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

    The duo discusses the difficulties players face in switching from clay to grass and how this has changed over the years.

    Also below we have Mats' Point videos featuring:

    - tips on how to play on grass

    - the uniqueness of the clay at Roland Garros

    - the change of ball hardness at the French Open

    - highlights from both weeks in Paris

    - wackiness at the tournament

    - the death of serve and volley

    One on one with Pat Cash

    Grass tips

    Roland Garros clay


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  • Sharapova’s fight

    Every night at the end of play at Roland Garros, Eurosport's
    resident expert and seven-times Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander will take an
    in-depth look at one of the issues of the day.

    Today, the Swede gives his overview of Maria Sharapova's
    tough second-round win over French teenager Caroline Garcia.

    The Russian had to come back from a set down to win 3-6 6-4
    6-0, and it was anything but straightforward early on for the former world
    number one in gusty conditions.

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  • How Nadal beat Murray

    Every night at the end of play at Roland Garros, Eurosport's
    resident expert and seven-times Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander takes an
    in-depth look at the big issues of the day.

    In the latest edition Wilander explains the reasons why Rafael
    Nadal was able to beat Andy Murray.

    The difference between the two players, according to Mats, was
    Nadal's ability to secure the really big points, while Murray could not take advantage of his break

    Mats also believes that the world number one made better use of the
    gusty conditions, using the wind to help his slice rather than battling

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