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Tennis - Mats Point: Wilander tells it straight on Day Three at Roland Garros
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Tennis - Mats Point: Wilander tells it straight on Day Three at Roland Garros

PARIS (Reuters) - Three-times Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander reflects on Day Three of the French Open for Reuters.

Mats Wilander of Sweden (L) and Andy Murray of Britain joke during an exhibition match held a day before the start of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Nir Elias

The Swedish former world number one is in the French capital soaking up all the action as a presenter for broadcaster Eurosport’s daily flagship show “Game, Set and Mats”.

Here the seven-times grand slam champion discusses with Reuters Sports Editor Ossian Shine the most poignant performances and memorable moments of Monday’s action, and looks forward to Day Three of the claycourt grand slam tournament.

Highlight of the day: ”Has to be Verdsasco beating Zverev ... You know, I think we can say he was outfoxed by Verdasco. They should not have stopped yesterday when he had the momentum, and today he did not have that.

“We saw that emotionally he was not really there. He was playing with his head, he was not playing with his heart - when you are more effective.”

Performance of the day: ”For me Andy Murray was absolutely the highlight of the day. He did not play particularly well, and he looked a little bit agitated ... but then he seemed to switch up a gear.

”He seemed to think ‘hang on a second, I am three times a grand slam champion, and you are something in the 40s, I guess ... I am not going to lose to you’.

“You could see the gear switch very clearly, it was impressive.”

Shock of the day: ”I guess in some ways it was Verdasco, but then again ... You know, he is great for the tournament. He can beat anybody. We all know that.

“Zverev leaving the tournament? Sure it’s a disappointment, but with Verdasco, this guy could reach the semi-finals. If he is in the semis, none of us will be surprised.”

One to watch tomorrow?: “Tomorrow is a Rafa Nadal day. All day - quite simple.”

Editing by Alison Williams

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