The tournament confirmed the Serb's domination right at the start of 2012. His achievements in 2011 seemed barely human, and many wondered if he could continue in that mould: he answered any doubts with his run to the final and subsequent victory over Rafael Nadal - the seventh final win in a row over the Spaniard. But he seemed to be in top shape too quickly. During the first week he was impressive: accurate, taking the ball early and moving well. But at the end of the event he looked out of breath: firstly during the third set against Lleyton Hewitt, when he wasted a 3-0 leadRead More »from Australian Open review
The Australian Open final was an incredible match - and here's why.
A match for history
Five hours, 53 minutes for one match: the longest in a Grand Slam final and a fight between two of the toughest minds in the tennis history, men who went beyond their limits before Novak Djokovic eventually prevailed in this thriller.
Average level of playRead More »from What we learnt from final
The match was so enthralling because of the scenario, the drama and commitment of both players - not for the level of tennis they reached. They were better in the last US Open final: Spaniard Nadal played very short all match, and his Serbian opponent
- Patrick Mouratoglou | Patrick Mouratoglou – Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:01 GMT
Another Grand Slam final, another Djokovic-Nadal clash - last year this duo did battle in six important finals with the Serb winning all of them, but can the Spaniard snap his losing streak?
In this blog I will look at how important this match is to Nadal, the elements of his game that Djokovic has been exploiting, and how Rafa has worked on these aspects at the Australian Open with this final in mind.
Last-chance saloon for Rafa?
TheRead More »from Nadal changes game for Djokovic – but is it enough?
Let us begin our round-up of the favourites for the upcoming Australian Open with Andy Murray.
So far, and so close
The Scotsman has never been so far away from winning his first Grand Slam title - but also never so close. Let's not forget that he has already reached three finals - twice at the Australian Open and once at the US Open - but failed each time at the last step. But time could now be playing against him: the more he fails, the more this situation leaves its marks upon him and the more he will feel that he is destined to be the outsider. But he is also close because his game levelRead More »from Can Lendl help Murray win in Australia?
2011 was a decisive year for the tennis world.
Everybody praised Novak Djokovic who, surprising many, clinched three Grand Slam titles and the No.1 spot. The Serbian was hailed with all manner of names, including "invincible", and was said to be from another planet.
Rafael Nadal meanwhile had worries: he looked shaken by the loss of his titles and aura.
Roger Federer was not consistent, although his second half of the season was better. He only reached one Grand Slam final, which is disappointing for him.
Six matches decided the year in Djokovic's favour. Had Nadal won half of those matches -Read More »from The six matches that changed everything
A lot at stake for Nadal in 2012
Next year will be a crucial year for the Spaniard after having lost so much in 2011: his number one ranking, his US Open and Wimbledon titles, and his domination on clay after defeats both in Madrid and Rome.
But beyond the fact that tables were turning, Nadal was forced to accept that another guy was better than him. This year, there was a player who could really hurt him: Novak Djokovic. TheRead More »from Big year ahead for Nadal
Which players dominated the season, who were the rising stars, who struggled, and was there a changing of the guard?
Starting from my next posting, I will focus on a player who could play a major part in the season to come: I will analyse his 2011 season, suggest some areas for improvement and set achievable goals for a campaign which starts in a couple of days.
So this is a preview, a taster for what I will discuss in the coming days.
Undoubtedly 2011 was Novak Djokovic'sRead More »from What will 2012 hold for the big guns?
The centre court of Istanbul has given rise to two players who I believe will be the future of women's tennis - Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.
They could begin their domination next season, or it might be a little later, but it will happen within the next three years.
Caroline Wozniacki remains the world number one player but she has again reminded us of her flaws. Kvitova and Azarenka though have developed aggressive games despite two different styles.
Wozniacki is finishing number one for the second time in a row so we must show her respect because it is a great achievement.
She'sRead More »from Kvitova, Azarenka the future of tennis
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer being out,
Rafael Nadal being tired and full of self-doubt... all of these have made for a
very happy Andy Murray right now.
The Scotsman was able to take his chance during
the Asian Swing and so claimed three titles: the ATP 250 in Bangkok, the ATP
500 in Tokyo and ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
But for Murray those victories are about more
than just winning a lot of points, and becoming world number three by
leapfrogging Roger Federer (who is slowly but surely going on in his fall in the
rankings). The wins have filled Murray with confidence.
I've alwaysRead More »from Murray’s three steps toward Grand Slam greatness
Wimbledon ended as we all expected, with
Novak Djokovic confirmed as the new master of the men's game after beating Rafael
Nadal in four sets.
With his second Grand Slam title of the
season and the third of his career, the Serbian will go for a 'Little Slam' at
the US Open later this season - as his victim on Sunday did last year. In one
year things have changed a great deal.
On Sunday we witnessed the outrageousRead More »from Champion Djokovic confirms No.1 status
domination of Djokovic on Centre Court, with the exception of the third set when
his focus went down a little, hardly a surprise. Then in the fourth set, where
he wasn't playing as
About Patrick Mouratoglou
For 15 years Patrick Mouratoglou has headed the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, renowned as one of the most successful in producing future champions. The Academy has an impressive honours list with several junior world champions and players who have reached the world"s top 10. He has coached Marcos Baghdatis, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezai, Jérémy Chardy, Grigor Dimitrov and is currently coaching Serena Williams. Writer of the book "Educate to Win", he is a monthly consultant for several international magazines and Eurosport TV.
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