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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  • 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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