Patrick Mouratoglou

  • How do you solve problems like Tsonga and Gasquet?

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet

    France's top two players, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, haven't done very well during the first three months of the season. What can we expect for them in 2014?

    For Tsonga, it feels like the same story as 2013. He hasn’t been well since last summer, and though I might be wrong, it also feels like he believes less in himself, as if his goals seem less high than they once were. I say that because I don't see the old Tsonga in him any more, the young player who clearly felt very strong, who saw himself doing great things in Grand Slams, and wasn’t afraid to say it.

    His capacity to

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  • Berdych is good, sure – but can he become great?

    Tomas Berdych. Good, sure... but is he really top four material?

    People are talking about Tomas Berdych as a potential world top four player. And sure, he has had a really good start to the season. He has won a title, and only lost to Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.

    Is he a potential top four player, though? It's still hard to get into the top four. Not that he doesn’t have the capacity to do so, because he has the game both to do that and to win a Grand Slam tournament.

    But to step into the top tier of the game, he'll have to beat the likes of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray at the very biggest tournaments in the world - and ensure that he

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  • How can underdog beat Andy Murray?

    Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou analyses the few weaknesses in Andy Murray’s game ahead of his Australian Open fourth-round match against little-known Frenchman Stephane Robert.

    Robert has nothing to lose – he is a 33-year-old veteran with little expectation.

    Murray has very few weaknesses, although the forehand is not quite as good as the backhand, and his second serve is quite slow.

    Watch the video to find out what Robert can do to land an upset against Murray:

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  • The secret of Cornet’s success

    Coach Patrick Mouratoglou explains the efficiency behind Alize Cornet’s game.

    Frenchman Mouratoglou, who famously coaches Serena Williams, explains how she maximises her talents - particularly with her serve - to beat physically more powerful players.

    Watch the below video to find out more.

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  • The 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne will highlight a growing theme in elite tennis: partnerships between top 10 players and former champions.

    After the Andy Murray/Ivan Lendl duo set the tone, here come Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg; Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic; Kei Nishikori and Michael Chang; Richard Gasquet and Sergi Bruguera; Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic. In 2013 we also saw the partnership between Maria Sharapova and Jimmy Connors, although it quickly fell apart.

    Tennis is definitely a sport where fashion is king. Every year, a new trend starts, becomes a hit and is then

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  • London finals not enough to lift demotivated Murray

    It was not a surprise to see Andy Murray lose in New York this summer.

    For several years he has had a big struggle to achieve his objectives, including Wimbledon, and the project was finally completed in July, representing the height of his career.

    Before winning the US Open in 2012 he had to fight for a long time to finally win a Grand Slam after four failures in finals. He had the feeling of being ‘a loser’ before hiring Ivan Lendl to change his course.

    It worked because he gradually climbed the ladder slowly: winning the Olympics and then the US Open before securing his Holy Grail in London

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  • Murray lacking spark after Wimbledon success

    The whole world was expecting and hoping for Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer before the draw, one of our sport’s most famous, passionate duels.

    I was afraid for Roger before he lost to Tommy Robredo because he seems a bit short physically to go all the way.

    We saw a wonderful Federer in the first week, almost playing his best tennis. He was focused and kept stretching to protect his back. But despite this positive attitude, I felt he would struggle physically against Nadal.

    Something has changed with Rafa since the French Open. In recent years, even before his injury, Novak Djokovic has had

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  • Wimbledon casualties show changes are needed

    Victoria Azarenka was a big-name casualty of the extreme Roland Garros-Wimbledon switch (Reuters)

    The significance of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's men's singles final, even beyond the fact it was Murray's first triumph on his home turf, was that it saved the entire Wimbledon tournament this year.

    Otherwise it felt like a black year for Wimbledon, with the withdrawal of many players through injury (including women’s second seed Victoria Azarenka), and the elimination of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova in the first week - plus Serena Williams in the last 16.

    Across both men’s and women’s, the singles tournaments were left bereft of so many of their stars.

    The hallowed

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  • Time to analyse Nadal’s defeat

    Rafa Nadal’s defeat at the hands of Steve Darcis on Court One was a shock for many people, myself included.

    I had him down as tournament favourite and I believed it, because he was in the best form. Since his return, he has lost two matches – both in finals. He’s won Wimbledon twice and been in five finals (that’s a better record than he has in the Australian and the US Opens), and I’d say grass is his best surface after clay.

    But he lost in the first round, and it’s time to analyse it, just as we did when Lukas Rosol stunned him at Wimbledon last year.

    This latest loss worries me, because

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  • Murray second favourite behind resurgent Nadal

    Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of 2013, is not clear cut this year. The Big Four, which could now be classed as a Big Six with the additions of David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, is tightly packed.

    Here I've ranked my tips for the tournament at the All England Club. It's an arbitrary list of course, but nevertheless based on fact, observations and gut feeling.

    1. Rafael Nadal

    Nadal is the man who has stood out for me since his return to competition in March this year. The Mallorcan has completed a quite frankly stunning comeback. Winner at Roland Garros for an eighth time, he has also won

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