Patrick Mouratoglou

  • Rafael Nadal has had something of a
    setback this season.

    He has had plenty of disappointment,
    losing in seven finals and giving up his Wimbledon and US Open titles. He has suffered
    mentally, being unable to find an answer to Novak Djokovic's amazing game - losing
    to him in all six battles. And he was especially disturbed by defeats in Madrid
    and Roma on his favourite surface, clay. This is a new situation for him.

    Going straight to the Davis Cup after
    the US Open - with the change of surface - then flying to play on the Asian
    tour has now seen him pay a high price: no titles from two

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  • Once more, we have confirmation that the magic four, composed of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray, are ruling the tennis world.

    They either belong to that elite because of the quality of their game - like Federer and Murray, who are more gifted than the rest - or by their intensity and confidence - like Nadal and Djokovic.

    They're all reaching the last four in the main events most of the time. More than this, they showed that the margin between them and the other players remains as big as ever.

    Tsonga again proves he can pull off an upset

    However, it does seem that only Tsonga is able to

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  • It has been such a long time since we've had a Grand Slam final with neither Rafael Nadal nor Roger Federer in it.

    Was the Australian Open a simple incident or changing of the guard?

    Many have been quick to say it is the second option but in my opinion, that seems way too much premature.

    Sure, Novak Djokovic scored some points there and clearly changed the dimension of his career with that second Grand Slam victory; beating players like Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in three sets.

    That this win comes right after he helped Serbia win the Davis Cup is no surprise because Nole

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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