Patrick Mouratoglou

  • Djokovic lacked authority in 2012

    Djokovic during the ATP World Tour Finals in London (Reuters)

    With the 2012 season now over, it's time for Patrick Mouratoglou to look back over the past 12 months and look ahead to what the next year of men's tennis holds.

    On Novak Djokovic's year

    It's difficult to say that Djokovic has had a bad year, even if it hasn't been as good as 2011. He showed less certainty and authority in 2012 than in 2011, even though you'd expect differently from a world number one.

    He was still fairly consistent and he won a Grand Slam and the World Tour finals. Yet I felt that he was often fragile and weak. Despite his bigger victories, he could not replicate the

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  • Azaranka can dominate – if she can work out Serena

    Azarenka reacts after winning her quarter-final at the China Open in Beijing (Reuters)

    With the 2012 season now over, it's time to look back over the past 12 months and look ahead to what the next year of women's tennis holds.

    On Victoria Azarenka's pursuit of domination

    Azarenka has huge qualities. Her ability to improve year on year is the most apparent. 2012 proved that she had become still more dangerous than the year before.

    But, for the moment, her path is blocked by Serena Williams: they've played five times and Serena has won all five.

    In order to go on and dominate world tennis, she needs to regularly beat the top five women in the world - and that means Serena. She's

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  • Women’s tennis is extraordinarily diverse

    I was surprised to read a comment in my Eurosport webchat the other week that claimed every player on the women's Tour has a stereotyped game.

    This is something I hear very often. However, in the current top 10, there are many different styles of play and women's tennis is extraordinarily rich at the moment. It's nonsense to suggest that these players have a stereotyped game.

    You may dislike and criticise women's tennis, most notably for not being able to reach the same levels as men's tennis, but one accusation that cannot be levelled at it is that it lacks variety and diversity.

    Sure, women

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  • Why do players keep going when injured?

    Rafael Nadal

    The knee injuries suffered by Rafael Nadal and, most recently, Gael Monfils make us question again why it is that tennis players continue to put themselves under strain while injured?

    Nadal continues to encounter real problems with his knee injury, and this has been ongoing for years now.

    Equally, Monfils never seems to get the problems with his knee addressed, and this is causing real long-term issues for his fitness.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues to battle through pain with his fingers, while David Ferrer struggles on with a fever.

    With the circuit taking such a strain on the players, what

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  • How has Lendl turned Murray’s career around?

    Ivan Lendl watches Andy Murray train at the US Open
    For a long time it seemed like Andy Murray would be the greatest player never to win a Major. But when Ivan Lendl was appointed his coach you just had the feeling it would work — after all Lendl also looked like he would forever be the runner-up.

    A combination of factors saw Murray win his first Grand Slam at the US Open. Having lost his first four Major finals, he was already on the brink of greatness but he seemed to lack that extra level required to get him past the "big three".

    So he's finally got there, and in no small part thanks to Lendl, with their work together fruitful in several

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  • Mathieu and Goffin heroic in defeat

    France's Paul-Henri Mathieu

    The second week of the French Open provides us with several big clashes between leaders of the tennis circuit. But the first week saw some players live an exceptional adventure.

    Paul-Henri Mathieu excelled in his adventure. With a fractured tibia, he was not able to put his feet on the floor for months last year. He won his first round match against Bjorn Phau in five sets before winning against John Isner after a clash of the Titans - 18/16 in the last set - and losing in five sets against Marcel Granollers. In addition to the physical exploits, the exceptional game quality played by a man

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  • Tsonga must attack Djokovic

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has reached the quarter-finals of this 2012 edition of the French Open, his best result at Roland Garros.

    Before today, he had succeeded less at this tournament than at the other three Grand Slams.

    He beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who won against Gilles Simon, and who was his executioner last year in this same competition - winning in five sets from two sets down.

    The Frenchman has several assets which could see him spring a surprise against world number one Novak Djokovic, but he must make changes to his approach.

    He has an ego which keeps him free of self-doubt when

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  • Serena is back – and she deserves it

    Serena has worked for her formHaving swept to victory in Charleston, Serena Williams won in Madrid after battering world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the final - signalling the return of the century's greatest star to the top of the game.

    Serena is back

    Serena has come a long way. Forced absence from the courts for a year between 2010 and 2011 through injury and serious illness led us to wonder if she would be able to find the motivation to get back in shape, to train hard and make the physical sacrifices needed. At 30 years of age, with a full career behind her and nothing more to prove to the tennis world, she could easily

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  • Forces in balance again

    What a pleasure to see Roger Federer back to his best. His win in Madrid provided confirmation that he's one of the guys in top form this year. Not only has it been a pleasure to watch him play his inspired and unique brand of tennis, but his form also means things are tightening up at the top, ensuring suspense for this year's Grand Slams.

    Federer and the art of adjusting

    It's true that the new surface in Madrid favoured offensive players. It was difficult to get any kind of support from the blue clay and to find balance after sliding on it, which counted against defensive players and

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  • Djokovic can win French Open

    Novak Djokovic in Monte CarloLike the start of last year's clay season, the question of who will dominate on this unique surface has arisen. For several years we were used to seeing Rafael Nadal having most of the answers, but a change came last season with the rise of Novak Djokovic.

    Not only did the Serb take Nadal's number one spot, but he went so far as to hunt on Rafa's turf, preventing him winning most of the clay events, most notably in Madrid.

    I remember that, after Djokovic's outstanding start to last season, journalists were wondering if he had what it takes to shine on clay. He set the record straight by

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