Patrick Mouratoglou

  • 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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  • Djokovic on track to break Roland Garros duck

    Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Andreas Seppi during the Monte Carlo Masters

    Last year, Novak Djokovic made a remarkable start to the season, yet some still doubted his abilities as a clay player.

    I don't agree with those views. Of course, he is not a clay player like Rafael Nadal, but he has all the qualities to play well on the red dirt. He proved it last year in beating Nadal twice in Masters 1000 finals.

    Djokovic has always played well on this surface. He has above average field coverage, is a great counter attacker and can make a rally last. He has a good drive and a great kick serve.

    I see no technical or tactical reasons why he cannot succeed on clay. Besides,

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  • Djokovic looking to box clever

    Novak Djokovic celebrates his Miami Masters title win

    Following Novak Djokovic's US tour, on which he lost in Indian Wells but won the title in Miami, it's becoming clear just how amazing his feats were last year. Not only his results, but also the way he was dealing with his career.

    In 2011, he was under pressure, with his head underwater, for many months but didn't make any mistakes and was focused to such a point that it was impossible to maintain on the long run. Like a Nadal. And I think Rafael Nadal is unique regarding this.

    I don't think Djokovic can match Nadal in this respect, but now he's entering another stage of his career, he will

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  • Murray can end year as No.2

    Murray can win a Grand Slam if given timeWithout a doubt, we are now living an era where the top four players in the world are the strongest in the history of tennis.

    I cannot help but think that changes will happen this year - and that, having observed him since the start of the year, one of them could be Andy Murray.

    At the Australian Open I commentated for Eurosport on the semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Murray. I found the match thrilling and instructive: it confirmed a trend I had noticed in the preceding months.

    The media has talked a great deal about the collaboration between Murray and Ivan Lendl, who endured a similar

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  • Bartoli’s charm offensive is working

    Marion Bartoli lost in the final of the Paris Open on Sunday, but she has not lost everything. Over the past year the French player has been on something of a charm offensive with French fans. This week she has again scored many popularity points.

    Fans of Marion Bartoli cheer during her match against Angelique Kerber in the final of the Paris Open

    An unpopular French number one

    For several years, Bartoli has flown the flag for women's tennis in France. Only Aravane Rezai overtook her temporarily in the WTA rankings, and then only for a few weeks.

    But Bartoli has never enjoyed the popularity that her ranking and her results warranted. Reasons for that include her refusal to play in the Fed

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  • Azarenka – a new tennis icon

    Victoria Azarenka: The next big thing?As the Open GDF Suez is happening this week, it's given me the opportunity to reflect on what happened during the Australian Open regarding the women's game, the rise of a new number one and the Fed Cup.

    Azarenka: A new star is born

    The Australian Open witnessed the birth of a new star of the game: Victoria Azarenka. Her rise has been anticipated for a few years now, but this year the former junior world champion looks set to reach her potential. After her victory, she's now the new world number one and given the criticism previous world number one Caroline Wozniacki attracted from some, we

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  • Australian Open review

    Novak Djokovic celebratesNovak Djokovic

    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 lead

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  • What we learnt from final

    Djokovic celebrates while Nadal packs up

    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 play
    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

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