‘Iga Swiatek reminds me of Novak Djokovic,’ says Mats Wilander as he predicts huge future

Iga Swiatek has a game reminiscent of Novak Djokovic and she could dominate women’s tennis for years, says Mats Wilander.

The 19-year-old beat Argentinian Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals of Roland Garros on Thursday to advance into her first ever Grand Slam final.

Swiatek came into the tournament ranked 56th in the world, but she she has made a huge impression, not least on Eurosport analyst and former world number one Wilander.

“I genuinely believe that Iga can be the one,” Wilander said of Swiatek.

“I haven’t seen one player who is complete technically with all the shots. I haven’t seen a player as young as her as complete when it comes to constructing points and going forwards, taking the ball early.

“The weakness for most women is the second serve and she is going to punish that on any surface.

“Her basic game reminds me of Novak Djokovic, who is just there, plays close to the baseline.

Novak Djokovic smiling

“If you don’t hit the ball well then he’ll take the short ball and hurt you with it. She is very natural, not risky either because she hits the ball with so much spin and so much margin.

“Even though she hits the ball with so much power, she also hits with margin. She doesn’t have any weakness at all, not one.”

Swiatek’s standout performance so far at Roland Garros was her demolition of top seed and world number two Simona Halep.

But however impressive she has been, Wilander warns there is still work to be done.

“She has an incredible variety in her game, she doesn’t volley very well yet especially on the back hand side – but it really doesn’t matter as she is still keen to come forward,” he explained.

“Now it’s just about improving the technique especially the backhand volley, but she moves well, she’s strong, she hits hard, she hits with spin.

“Maybe on faster courts her opponents can make the ball skid through the court and she might not get underneath the ball to spin the ball back.

“But that’s the only thing. I think she’s there to be a Grand Slam champion, multiple times.”

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