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Iga Swiatek capable of Rafael Nadal style dominance of Roland Garros, says legend

Iga Swiatek capable of Rafael Nadal style Roland Garros dominance says Chris Evert

Chris Evert believes Iga Swiatek could potentially dominate Roland Garros at a similar level Rafael Nadal does, although she thinks they Pole won't be getting ahead of herself.

Swiatek won her second French Open title on Sunday at the age of 21-years-old, beating Coco Gauff 6-1, 6-3 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

It leaves the world number one with an already brilliant record in the tournament and Evert, who herself was incredible on clay, can't help but wonder if Swiatek can target similar numbers in Paris as her idol Nadal.

"She’s not thinking ahead, I don’t think she’s thinking I can win this tournament 14 times," Evert told Eurosport of Iga Swiatek.

"We all talk about being in the moment, she knows in her mind that her journey is that she wants to fit, she wants to be hungry, she wants to play good tennis for another 15-20 years and win a lot of Grand Slams, that’s in the long-term.

"In the short-term, as she celebrates, she is going to be thinking about Wimbledon. It’s only three weeks away, I hope she takes a week off and does nothing to get the body fresh and then get onto the grass. She doesn’t think too far ahead, I don’t think."

Swiatek has now won all nine of the finals she has played in without losing any more than five games in any of them.

It is an imperious record that shows the mindset of a serial winner able to deliver when the pressure is at its greatest.

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"Iga was the better player out there today," Evert said. "I just have to say, about the emotions – these two young women are 21 and 18 years old – there are so many expectations and the occasion was so huge.

"At the end of the day Iga was the one who opened up the court better, she was the one that had less unforced errors, she was all business, very, very focussed and she was the one that dominated every single point from the first shot on.

"I just think that’s experience, she had a game plan going out there, she talked to her coach I’m sure, talking about being proactive, being aggressive from the first shot, do not let Coco be letting run you around the court because that’s where she is at her best.

"I’m sure she talked to her performance psychologist Daria – Daria probably said keep your head down, focus and compartmentalise everything.

"But she was a machine out there, she knew what she had to do."

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