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  • Wilander On The Best Way to Check Big Four Strength in Tennis

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Thursday, 1 June 2017
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    The world's best tennis players must pick on Rafael Nadal, and concede to an aggregate arrangement to kill the Spaniard at Roland Garros, triple champion and previous world number one Mats Wilander told Reuters on Wednesday.

    A joint exertion is the best way to break the stranglehold at the highest point of the men's amusement, overwhelmed by Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the Swede said.

    Just five of the last 40 thousand pummel crowns have escaped those four players.

    "There must be some aggregate duty, that is what I'm stating... the best way to beat these folks is to cut their level down," Wilander said.

    "Everybody needs to make some real progress on them."

    Wilander shared his hypothesis in the wake of commentating for Eurosport on fourth seed Nadal's 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Robin Haase.

    "Each player, they ought to take a seat and have a meeting. They ought to concur, 'this is the manner by which we play Nadal, this is the way we play Federer, this is the manner by which we play Djokovic'.

    "At that point, all attempt to play them a similar way. The correct way.

    "To begin with you need to play the correct way, then you have to play well."

    Wilander said that, mentally, players realize what they have to do to beat, for instance Nadal, on the earth courts on which he has commanded for so long.

    "For Rafa, they know you need to put him on the back foot on his strike, that you then rocket a level shot to his forehand, that you have to blend it up. You have to moonball, tear a few returns, toss in some serve-volleys... In any case, that is quite recently the nuts and bolts," he said.

    "You have to make them feel dreadful, cut their level down, so that at long last some fortunate person is holding up and he will beat one of them.

    "I used to loathe it when folks did that to me... drag my tennis down, debilitate me, and that is the thing that you have to do.

    "The part of the locker-room is to give everyone a shot. Get the best players to play more awful - in light of the fact that that is the thing that they will do to you."

    Wilander said the best approach to bring the top four's level down was to adhere to an arrangement.

    "Alright, some folks will take one for the group... will lose, however will play in a way that debilitates these folks for another person.

    "Robin Haase took one for the group today. In the main set he played like he needed to play, and lost 6-1.

    "In the second say he thought in regards to it, and began doing things another way. That will help other individuals later in the draw when they play Nadal."
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