Mats Wilander French Open 1988 vs Rafael Nadal French Open 2014?

Who wins?

  • Mats Wilander French Open 1988

    Votes: 1 6.3%
  • Rafael Nadal French Open 2014

    Votes: 15 93.8%

  • Total voters
    16
Nadal is lucky to play in a clay weak era for more than 10 years to win 9 French open titles.If there was a clay court GOAT like Borg or Wilander, nadal could only win just four or five FO.He couldn't have dominated that surface to win 49 clay titles.He is very lucky.
 
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BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal is lucky to play in a clay weak era for more than 10 years to win 9 French open titles.
Fed was not weak on clay, he was a superlative clay courter and would have won 5-6 FO's without Nadal. Fed's form in Rome 2006 beats anyone on clay today. Anyone.
 

Vegito

Hall of Fame
Did anyone see images of Wilander playing in that French Open, or even in other tournaments? I saw some images; seemed a little bit bored to watch but I guess he had a really consistent game.
 

buscemi

Hall of Fame
Mats actually didn't play great during the 1988 French Open. He was down 2 sets to 1 and 5-2 in the fifth set against Živojinović in the third round before reeling off the last 5 games. 18 year-old Agassi took him to a fifth set in the semifinals before running out of steam. And Wilander basically played a match of getting 3/4 speed 1st serves in and waiting for Leconte to make mistakes in the final. I think he played much better in winning the title in 1985.

Nadal, of course, wasn't at his best either in 2014, but I think he would have been too much for 1988 Wilander.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Wow this an interesting match. This was prime Mats.
Nadal was just past prime still Great. Dislodging Djokovic and getting blasted out by Stan took its toll.
However he was still clay Goat. Djokovic puked and was spent in that 2014 French Open final and he still had chances.
After 8 French Open titles Nadals aura at the French Open helps him in the 2014 match up.
Mats was not small however he is on back side of 6 foot at 5'11.
Nadal really can beat up the smaller players on clay.
Nadal pulls it out in a 5 set thriller.
 
Wow this an interesting match. This was prime Mats.
Nadal was just past prime still Great. Dislodging Djokovic and getting blasted out by Stan took its toll.
However he was still clay Goat. Djokovic puked and was spent in that 2014 French Open final and he still had chances.
After 8 French Open titles Nadals aura at the French Open helps him in the 2014 match up.
Mats was not small however he is on back side of 6 foot at 5'11.
Nadal really can beat up the smaller players on clay.
Nadal pulls it out in a 5 set thriller.
Does Wilander have a single weapon that could hurt Nadal?

I see none.
 
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swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Does Wilander have a single weapon that could hurt Nadal?
Not really anything huge. His two handed backhand was solid not spectacular.
If Mats could not get his forehand and serve going against Nadal he is toast.
Wilander was a master tactician and def could put in the miles out there.
Nadal has the physical edge. It would be a mental battle.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Does Wilander have a single weapon that could hurt Nadal?

I see none.
God now I remember how slow it was back then. I was really young back then I was more Sampras Agassi gen x.
I think about it further watching the replays and Nadal wipes out Wilander in 3 or 4 somewhat tight sets. These athletes nowadays are beasts.
 

RF-18

G.O.A.T.
Does Wilander have a single weapon that could hurt Nadal?

I see none.
Look at the tempo of those rallies. Barely no footwork involved, they are walking to their shots.

And then people wanna argue ''everything'' was better back then or that it was more quality. Stop BSing.
 

TupeloDanger

Professional
Wilander's game was custom built for 80's technology, and maximized its potential on clay.

Nadal's game was custom built for 2000's technology, and ditto.

Wilander would have no weapons with which to compete with Nadal's modern arsenal if they played under modern conditions with polys and stiff racquets, just as Nadal would be hopelessly at sea forced to wage a long, strategic, point-building 80's style clay battle.

I doubt either man would win a set off the other in the other's home era. Both great champions.
 
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