Patrick Mouratoglou

  • Big year ahead for Nadal

    Rafael Nadal rues a lost pointTo kick off my analysis of what 2012 holds for the big guns of tennis, let's take a look at Rafael Nadal, who struggled last season, despite winning the French Open.

    A lot at stake for Nadal in 2012

    Next year will be a crucial year for the Spaniard after having lost so much in 2011: his number one ranking, his US Open and Wimbledon titles, and his domination on clay after defeats both in Madrid and Rome.

    But beyond the fact that tables were turning, Nadal was forced to accept that another guy was better than him. This year, there was a player who could really hurt him: Novak Djokovic. The

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  • What will 2012 hold for the big guns?

    Roger Federer celebrates winning the ATP Tour Finals 2011Right before the start of the 2012 season, I will take a look at what we learnt about the men during the past year.

    Which players dominated the season, who were the rising stars, who struggled, and was there a changing of the guard?

    Starting from my next posting, I will focus on a player who could play a major part in the season to come: I will analyse his 2011 season, suggest some areas for improvement and set achievable goals for a campaign which starts in a couple of days.

    So this is a preview, a taster for what I will discuss in the coming days.

    Undoubtedly 2011 was Novak Djokovic's

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  • The centre court of Istanbul has given rise to two players who I believe will be the future of women's tennis - Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.

    They could begin their domination next season, or it might be a little later, but it will happen within the next three years.

    Caroline Wozniacki remains the world number one player but she has again reminded us of her flaws. Kvitova and Azarenka though have developed aggressive games despite two different styles.

    Wozniacki is finishing number one for the second time in a row so we must show her respect because it is a great achievement.


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  • Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer being out,
    Rafael Nadal being tired and full of self-doubt... all of these have made for a
    very happy Andy Murray right now.

    The Scotsman was able to take his chance during
    the Asian Swing and so claimed three titles: the ATP 250 in Bangkok, the ATP
    500 in Tokyo and ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai.

    But for Murray those victories are about more
    than just winning a lot of points, and becoming world number three by
    leapfrogging Roger Federer (who is slowly but surely going on in his fall in the
    rankings). The wins have filled Murray with confidence.

    I've always

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  • Wimbledon ended as we all expected, with
    Novak Djokovic confirmed as the new master of the men's game after beating Rafael
    Nadal in four sets. 

    With his second Grand Slam title of the
    season and the third of his career, the Serbian will go for a 'Little Slam' at
    the US Open later this season - as his victim on Sunday did last year. In one
    year things have changed a great deal.

    On Sunday we witnessed the outrageous
    domination of Djokovic
    on Centre Court, with the exception of the third set when
    his focus went down a little, hardly a surprise. Then in the fourth set, where
    he wasn't playing as

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  • Petra Kvitova clinched the first Grand Slam of her career after
    dominating Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-4.

    Despite the experimented opponent she was facing, it's no big
    surprise that Kvitova won. I think she is the big champion women tennis has
    been waiting for.

    As I've said in the past, the new generation didn't have enough
    time to come to maturity at the time when former stars were retiring in the
    middle of their career (Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis) and when
    the Williams sisters weren't able to be on the Tour all season long.

    What I call a big champion is a pretty rare player,

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  • A lot of people are asking if Novak Djokovic can become the new world number one?

    In order to assess this question, we must look at several factors.

    The first sign of a champion is the belief in his own success. We're used
    to hearing how they have to have a big ego, a special way to see themselves,
    their strength and their potential.

    This is obviously the case for Novak, to such a point that he was called
    arrogant for a long time. But now what was described as a flaw is seen as a

    Djokovic was also accused of being a cheater because of some matches he won
    despite calling the

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  • 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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