Patrick Mouratoglou

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Roger Federer was beaten in the quarters of Wimbledon
    by a great performance from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Should this loss bring the quality of his tennis into question again?

    No, because in reality he's back to a very good level, as we saw last
    month in Roland Garros. He seems also in a great shape and he's moving very
    well again like in the good old days.

    And it's a very important side of his game for him to be able to
    mix it and to deal with change of pace and sequences.

    Yet it wasn't enough this time. Why not?

    Simply because the former world number one doesn't inspire fear in
    his opponents

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  • Women's
    tennis is going through a tough period because it is searching for a leader and
    an exciting era. Sooner or later new faces will come to the top, the champions
    of the next decade. This year's Wimbledon will be even more open than Roland Garros
    because the comeback of the Williams sisters only adds to the uncertainty.

    THE
    FAVOURITES

    Serena Williams

    Even
    if the youngest of the Williamses has just come back from a whole year out of
    competition due to a foot injury and other health issues, she remains for me the
    greatest champ of the last 10 years and so one of the big favourites for a

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  • The men's draw at Wimbledon looks one of
    the most exciting for a long time, with the top four players playing as well as
    they are. Each is maximising his abilities, while playing a different style of tennis
    from the others. The situation seems more open than ever before: Novak Djokovic
    is undeniably the best player in the world so far this season, but lacks success
    on grass; Federer is back in shape and rules the place with six previous titles;
    Nadal has just won the French Open and re-found his confidence; and finally
    Murray, who has overcome his Melbourne disappointment and will be more

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  • Despite his win at Queen's Andy
    Murray goes into Wimbledon facing questions about his ability to win at the
    highest level.

    The Scot proved his level of play, justified his ranking and showed an
    ability to shine on all four surfaces of the ATP Tour with his run to the
    semi-finals of the French Open.

    Some doubted him because he had not had any great results on clay until this
    season.

    Now he has made at least the semi-finals of each Grand Slam and beaten the
    three players ahead of him on several occasions - but has yet to get that first
    Grand Slam title.

    At Roland Garros we witnessed once again

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  • Rafael Nadal won his sixth Roland Garros title at the weekend, at the expense of Roger Federer.

    Yet the Swiss made the best start, leading 5-2 and even claiming a set point.

    The key factors of the final are numerous - let's take a look at them.

    1. Handling the emotional pressure

    The first thing that comes to my mind is how steady Rafa was in his focus compared to the many ups and downs of Roger.

    A five-set match can be compared to a football game in which both teams are going to work through strong and weak periods. The high times Roger went through were in the first set, until 5-2, and also

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  • Having already looked at my favourites at this year's French
    Open
    , it's now time to take a look at my outside tips at Roland Garros.

    Francesca Schiavone

    It's impossible to talk about Roland Garros without
    mentioning the reigning champion.  A year
    ago, Schiavone was a pleasure to watch because of the way she mixed up her game
    and played such great tennis with so much heart.

    Unfortunately, she hasn't played too well on clay this year
    and I'm now beginning to doubt her motivation outside of Grand Slam events.

    At her age and with a Major under her belt she will without
    doubt be more motivated

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  • A year ago at Roland Garros we saw an unlikely final between
    Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur, despite the presence of favourites like
    Justine Henin and Serena Williams.

    This year, the way women's tennis is at the moment means we
    will have a more open and interesting event.

    Make no mistake, there is a changing of the guard as former
    champs retires and others don't play as often on Tour because of other
    interests.

    Let's take a look at my favourites for the title in Paris.

    Maria Sharapova

    The Russian seems to be back, much to everyone's delight.
    She may have not have been far off her best,

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