Patrick Mouratoglou

  • 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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  • Nadal changes game for Djokovic – but is it enough?

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic has dominated Rafael Nadal in recent times, but the Spanish great has tweaked his game in a clear strategy to get the better of his Serbian rival.

    Another Grand Slam final, another Djokovic-Nadal clash - last year this duo did battle in six important finals with the Serb winning all of them, but can the Spaniard snap his losing streak?

    In this blog I will look at how important this match is to Nadal, the elements of his game that Djokovic has been exploiting, and how Rafa has worked on these aspects at the Australian Open with this final in mind.

    Last-chance saloon for Rafa?


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  • Can Lendl help Murray win in Australia?

    Andy Murray of Britain, left, talks with coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session for the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, AustraLet us begin our round-up of the favourites for the upcoming Australian Open with Andy Murray.

    So far, and so close

    The Scotsman has never been so far away from winning his first Grand Slam title - but also never so close. Let's not forget that he has already reached three finals - twice at the Australian Open and once at the US Open - but failed each time at the last step. But time could now be playing against him: the more he fails, the more this situation leaves its marks upon him and the more he will feel that he is destined to be the outsider. But he is also close because his game level

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  • The six matches that changed everything

    Photo 1 - Novak Djokovic Of Serbia Reacts AFP/Getty Images2011 was a decisive year for the tennis world.

    Everybody praised Novak Djokovic who, surprising many, clinched three Grand Slam titles and the No.1 spot. The Serbian was hailed with all manner of names, including "invincible", and was said to be from another planet.

    Rafael Nadal meanwhile had worries: he looked shaken by the loss of his titles and aura.

    Roger Federer was not consistent, although his second half of the season was better. He only reached one Grand Slam final, which is disappointing for him.

    Six matches decided the year in Djokovic's favour. Had Nadal won half of those matches -

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