Patrick Mouratoglou

  • Federer-Simon still dominating conversation

    REVIEW OF DAY FOUR: First of all I want to have a look back to the wonderful fight between Roger Federer and Gilles Simon during the last night session.

    Everybody of course had an opinion on that match; some were even saying Gilles was the favourite coming into the fifth set. I can only disagree with this.

    Without wanting to take away from Simon's great performance, it's impossible not to see that Federer created most of the problems for himself from the second set onwards.

    Roger played at an amazing level for a set and a half, and was just unbeatable. Gilles was only able to watch;

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  • Outstanding second day


    We were spoiled with some outstanding matches on the second day in Melbourne.

    In the women's draw, the match between Roberta Vinci and the veteran Alicia Molik, which was not promising at first look, ended with a huge battle. The Australian won 8-6 in the third set after rallying from 5-3 down.

    At 30 years old and after a forced break from tennis due to an infection of the inner ear, she showed once more that the Australian fighting spirit is not just fiction, but part of their sporting culture.

    The last two sets were of high quality and played with inspiration: both came

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  • Nadal comfortably the world’s best

    This year's Australian Open looks thrilling.

    The fight between two of the best champions of the century, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, is going to take a new face with both being finally at the top of their shape at the same time.

    Also, some outsiders are seriously knocking on the door, like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Are those outsiders going to find a way to end the path of the favorites?

    Not to forget the next generation who is still learning. Most of them will play their first Grand Slam event in the senior draw and it's always interesting to watch them being confronted to the best

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  • Federer sets the tone


    First rounds of a Grand Slam are always interesting because they give details on the true shape of the main title contenders.

    Today, Roger Federer played a perfect game: offensive, confident, daring and totally ready regarding his fitness. When he's moving like this, his level of play goes through the roof.

    Novak Djokovic was also very impressive during the night session against Marcel Granollers who was only able to get five games in three sets. The Serbian showed how well prepared he was.

    It was the same story for Andy Roddick who started his match with three

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  • 2010 ATP Tour review – Part One: Rafa’s year

    Years go by but never look alike. After a 2009 that was
    owned by Roger Federer, 2010 was without doubt all about Rafael Nadal. The
    Spaniard won back the number one spot in the most beautiful way after winning
    three out of the four Grand Slams on offer.

    Behind those two, the outsiders started to confirm the hopes
    put in them. After Djokovic, Murray and Del Potro, it was Soderling who began
    to suggest he could come in between those two giants.

    Nadal: The invincible

    Rafa enjoyed an outstanding year. Injured for six months in
    2009, he had to retire during the Australian Open against Andy Murray

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  • Four to watch in 2011

    A career is often defined by few things: a sudden awareness,
    a sense of unfinished business, or meeting the right coach who can lead him towards
    becoming more committed.

    It's never easy to understand what's going through player's
    minds. Yet, there are some players who have recently shown signs that they
    could, in 2011, kick on from previous seasons on the tour.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

     The 25-year-old old
    Swiss is at a crossroads in his career. He knows that he can still improve and
    wants to put everything into achieving that. For several months now he has been
    working with Peter Lundgren, the

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  • 2010 ATP Tour review – Part Two: The outsiders

    Having looked at the Nadal-Federer axis in the first part of
    my review of the year, it's now time to focus on the other contenders.

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are still the main contenders
    when it comes to disturbing the Spaniard and the Swiss.

    Together they would make up the perfect player - Murray owns
    what Djoko misses and Djoko has what Murray lacks.

    The Scotsman is so gifted, he can do everything with a
    tennis ball. He has got a wonderful hand and is one of the best players when it
    comes to returning serves. His sense of the game is amazingly accurate.

    Andy also knows how to speed

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  • 2010 WTA Tour in review

    The new
    year is upon us, and we can now look back on 2010 to give us a clue as to what
    2011 might hold on the WTA Tour.

    Caroline Wozniacki will continue to improve

    For Wozniacki,
    2010 was mostly about reaching number one spot in the world rankings. Even if
    the young Dane didn't reach any Grand Slam finals this year, she was able, throughconsistency
    and the sheer number of tournaments she played, to oust double Grand Slam
    winner Serena Williams from her throne.

    ranking system has been talked about a great deal, mostly because of the difference
    in the number of points given in Grand Slams

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  • France will come back stronger

    As with all French people, the feeling which prevails within me following Davis Cup final defeat at the weekend is disappointment.

    Reaching the final of such a big event then watching the trophy snatched away is tough to accept. And even tougher, I guess, for the players and staff who saw this campaign through together.

    But all the matches they have won this season in order to get there should not be forgotten. As the team said, the result is encouraging: the players are young and there are plenty of reasons to believe they can get there again - and this time to emerge as winners.


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  • US Open preview: Roger my favourite

    With the 2010 US Open upon us, now is the time to analyse who
    can win in New York.
    I think the tournament is more open than the previous years for three main

    First, Roger Federer is not as consistent as he used to be. But
    he is back on the right track after going through a tough year. Second, Rafa
    Nadal has been in relatively poor form since the start of the hard court
    season. And finally, certain other players seem to be on fire at the moment.

    Let's review the potential winners:

    The favourites

    1. Roger Federer

    The man from Switzerland
    has had a very tough year, yet losing at

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