Roger Federer is a better player than in the past, says Mats Wilander



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Roger Federer is a better player than in the past, says Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander praised Roger Federer's performance in his straight-set win over Casper Ruud. The Swede said: "That was supposed to be a very tricky match and it was. It got tricky in the end, but from the beginning...

Probably in the last two or three years, he is probably a better player than he was in the past. When I see his urgency to go forward, compared to seven or eight years ago, he is much more aggressive and certain of where he needs to go to the net and he is coming.

The pressure is on his opponent from the beginning to the end. Obviously, Federer winning 20 Grand Slams is an overachievement, at 37 years old going for his 21st. He is over achieving because it's not really supposed to happen what he is doing now."

On Garbine Muguruza reaching the fourth round, Wilander added: "The test against Elina Svitolina was perfect for her. Straight sets, no problems. She is happy on the court, she is confident, she is moving forward, she is taking balls in the air.

She has won here before and once she gets on a roll, she gets better and better and she is not intimidated by anyone." Muguruza lost to Sloane Stephens in the fourth round in straight sets on Sunday. On the great clash between Elise Mertens and Anastasija Sevastova, Wilander added: "I always said that there are tennis players who play tennis and tennis players who hit balls.

Elise Mertens and Anastasija Sevastova were playing tennis, hitting not just great shots but right shows at the right time. We have not seen so much entertainment from two women on a tennis court since I do not know when. That's the best match from this year's French Open because their skill and physical level were so high." Sevastova also crashed out in the fourth round on Sunday. Marketa Vondrousova defeated the Latvian in straight sets.