In an interview to L'Equipe, Mats Wilander built the perfect player to upset Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
Dominic Thiem's serve. 'On the deuce court, I choose Dominic Thiem's serve because his slice is perfect. In the ad court, I choose Juan Martin del Potro's, very flat, very fast, and he can hit it hard on Nadal's forehand.'
Robin Soderling's or Alexander Zverev's backhand. 'Because Nadal will return my serve and will play high towards my backhand. If I don't have these shots, my del Potro's serve is useless! Let's say that with these serves and this kind of second shots, I can hold my serve four times on five.'
Mischa Zverev's volley. 'If I serve on his backhand, since he is six meters away from the baseline, I may want to go to the net. But if I don't have Mischa Zverev's volley, I am screwed!'
In conclusion, Wilander said: 'I can't build a player that can beat Nadal on Philippe Chatrier court. Except, obviously, if he hits just aces and winners. But don't dream. How long will it last? 45 minutes? An hour? To Create this kind of player, as Frankenstein says, is physically impossible.'