Wilander: Juan Martin del Potro a nightmare opponent for Rafael Nadal

Juan Martin del Potro looks on

Juan Martin del Potro will be a “nightmare opponent” for Rafael Nadal, claims Mats Wilander.

The pair are scheduled to meet in the French Open semi-finals on Friday as the Spaniard pursues his 11th Roland Garros crown, but former world number one Wilander believes he won;t be given it all his own way by the Argentinian.

“He is a nightmare opponent for Nadal’, Wilander told Reuters about del Potro. “He portrays someone who believes in himself as much as Federer, more than (Novak) Djokovic and more than (Andy) Murray.

“Sometimes he gets fired up but has this calm about him that I think worries Nadal and Federer. They think, what’s he up to? Has he figured me out?

“He is tall so Rafa’s shots don’t bounce over his shoulder, he has big weapons, the serve which gives him free points and the forehand which is the biggest in the game and he can hit through Nadal’s forehand with it.”