Patrick Mouratoglou

  • Welcome back Roger the genius

    Like everyone who was watching the US Open late on Monday night I was thrilled that I rediscovered Roger! The Roger who has made me dream all these years.

    Something really clicked in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, something really strong that could signal the start of Federer's comeback.

    After taking in the near perfection that the Swiss master produced against Juan Monaco, I tried to understand why on this day he suddenly found the tennis he's been looking for these last two years (discounting his semi-final win at the French Open against Djokovic).

    After three hours of hard fought tennis, Caroline

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  • The US Open contenders: Monfils

    I have set
    it upon myself to provide comprehensive profile pieces for each of the main title
    contenders at the US Open.

    I will
    assess each player's chances and attempt to understand their specific strengths
    and weaknesses.

    The key
    components that I will focus on are: mental strength, technical skills and
    tactical abilities.

    I will
    point to the weapons and flaws which make up each of the player's games, and
    also provide context as to where they are in their career right now.

    In this
    edition, I will be looking at France's Gael Monfils.

    Gael is a
    thrilling player to follow and he's now playing

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  • Queen Clijsters

    Kim Clijsters, by claiming the Australian Open title, won
    her first Grand Slam outside the US.

    At the same time, considering the true world number one
    Serena Williams was not there, Clijsters also showed she was the best player in
    the world in Melbourne.

    After the US Open and Masters Cup in 2010, she has started
    2011 perfectly with her fourth Grand Slam title.

    But her victory was interesting because she didn't play her
    best tennis throughout the tournament.

    She actually won because of her fighting spirit and the way
    she refuses to lose. Last year's terrible loss (6-1 6-0) against Nadia

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  • Changing of the guard

    Friday August 19 will last long in the memory of tennis fans as a turning point for the new guard.

    It is now undeniable that Roger Federer is slowing down. Besides a brief resurgence in August 2010 and another at Roland Garros this season, Roger has not been able to find his best form.

    It is also obvious that Rafael Nadal has struggled since the start of the season, losing five consecutive matches to Novak Djokovic.

    The Serbian, who was crowned number one in the world in July, has had an outstanding season thus far and is without doubt the dominating force on the Tour. However, the events of

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  • Djokovic in a New York state of mind

    The Montreal Masters was very surprising in some ways, but in others confirmed what we already knew.

    It gave us a lot to digest ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season. In the men's draw, I was surprised to see Roger Federer lose to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - even if the Frenchman must be given a lot of credit for the victory.

    The Swiss, back in great shape since Roland Garros, lost for the second time in a row against Tsonga. Already victim of a 'Rafael Nadal complex', I fear the same could happen with regards to Tsonga.

    Without taking anything away from Jo, Roger worried me with his

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  • No more pressure for Nadal

    Rafael
    Nadal is probably feeling a bit mentally tired at the moment. He had to conjure
    something special to win the French Open, and that effort may have cost him
    something in the short term. Going from Paris straight to Queen's is inhuman -
    never more so than when you've won at Roland Garros.

    He
    urgently needed a break from competition. As soon as he feels fresh again
    mentally, he will begin to realise how much he has accomplished, and that will fill
    him with confidence.

    The
    French Open is the biggest goal of his season, and Nadal was rocked by the idea
    that the tournament could get away

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  • Is Federer still competitive?

    Roger Federer's semi-final win over Novak
    Djokovic at the French Open and his subsequent performance in the final against Rafa Nadal did much to give his fans hope for
    Wimbledon.

    Many people
    were even picking him to win the event. But he lost against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
    in the quarters and it's now time to wonder whether he has given way to the
    young guard.

    Personally, and
    I said it at the start of Wimbledon, I always thought that the big favourite
    for Wimbledon was Djokovic. With the way he has dominated since the start of the season (beating Nadal four times), with
    his style of play and his

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  • Tentative Monfils must forget about burnout

    Gael Monfils has to forget about the possibility of burnout
    and play as many smaller tournaments as he can to build confidence for the
    Grand Slams.

    After the dominant victory of France over Germany in the
    Davis Cup quarter-finals in Stuttgart, Monfils announced that he was ending his
    partnership with Roger Rasheed after three years together.

    If you were to focus only on ranking, their time together
    would be considered a success - Rasheed leaves Monfils inside the top 10.

    Gael has spoken of tension with the Australian coach - who
    may now join Team Murray with the help of Darren Cahill - for

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  • The young guns set to challenge big four

    Everything
    that has needed to be said about the rise of Novak Djokovic has been said.

    His main
    rivals - Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - will have to get back on
    track quickly after some rest days if they are to live with him.

    But
    behind this now famous big four, the next generation is arriving and starting
    to look very interesting, with some players already ready for the top 20 and
    even top 10 in the years to come.

    Bernard Tomic

    Bernard
    Tomic made waves at Wimbledon by reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
    His path to stardom had been slowed by a growth spurt which had

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  • Nadal wrong to say grass hasn’t changed

    Usually not prone to start controversy, Rafael Nadal made an exception during this Wimbledon about playing on grass through the decades.

    "I've started playing Wimbledon in 2002 and the courts are exactly the same since this date," he said.

    "I can't comment on how it was before but saying it has been slowed since 2002 is not true. As far as i'm concerned, it's not really thrilling to watch a match between Sampras and Ivanisevic or this kind of player.

    "It's not really tennis, but only some racquet shots."

    There are some things that should be pointed out here:

    Nadal is from a Hispanic culture

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