Patrick Mouratoglou

  • The match of the decade

    In Melbourne, just like after the Mahut-Isner match at Wimbledon, everybody is now talking about the fight between Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

    Forget for a moment all the records it broke, the match showed everything we love about tennis and about sport in general.

    These two Grand Slam champions produced it all: emotion, bravery, beautiful tennis and indeed a life lesson.

    However, it did not initially look like we would get anything special.

    The first two sets were poor. Both players looked unable to play close to their top level, maybe because of two reasons: the fear they

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  • Women’s US Open review

    Overall, women's tennis is suffering a bad period.

    None of the players are finding consistent enough results, or are able to provide an entertaining game; right now the game is a bit of a mess.

    Apart from a few matches, this year's US Open lacked interest, both in terms of spectacle and results with a lot of one-sided battles. Unfortunately this tournament has showed again that the level of women's tennis is going down.

    In this context, and with Serena Williams out of the picture, it was not surprising to find Kim Clijsters a level above the others.

    She's just playing way better tennis.

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  • A giant step forward for Raonic

    Canadian Milos Raonic lost in the Indian Wells Masters to another young talent in 18-year-old American Ryan Harrison - but nevertheless it was a large and important step for him to take.

    Raonic remains the big revelation of the early part of the season with 12 wins and only four losses to date. Coming through the qualifying rounds, he went on to reach the fourth round in Melbourne then won in San Jose and reached the final in Memphis. He is climbing the rankings like a rocket: 156th in January, he's now ranked 37 and most experts say he'll be top 20 and maybe even top 10 by the end of the

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  • Worried for Murray

    The first Masters 1000 of the season comes
    to a climax this week. Even though the Grand Slams are the main indicator of
    how the top players are performing, Indian Wells should give us some very
    interesting information about them.

    Rafael Nadal:

    He's the undisputed world number one
    and is dominating his sport like few others. He won three of the last four
    Grand Slams and when he's doesn't win it's often due to an injury. We know him:
    he always gives 100 per cent, and never plays with the brakes on. The Spaniard never
    tires of plating or winning. Right now, he's really impressive because at every

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  • Federer needs a rethink

    Roger Federer's semi-final loss at the Australian Open is a real stumbling block for the Swiss player.

    Since the American summer, Federer has demonstrated a renewed ambition and stronger wish and determination.

    Physically, for the first time in a while, his back issues seem to be solved, and he had finally rediscovered his great movement on the court. His 2010 indoor season was a chance for him to show just how ready he was again to commit to the sport.

    By playing further forward, by taking his chances during the points, he also sent a clear message that he was trying to find solutions with

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  • Murray needs clearer gameplan

    For two years now, Murray has lacked a clear gameplan - his game isn't opportunistic enough.

    The Scot is waiting too much and his level isn't steady enough from one match to another because he doesn't have a base to build and rely on. He often loses himself on the way because he doesn't know where he wants to go.

    And he often gets frustrated very easily: he loses lucidity and this is what makes his level go down. During the final, he looked desperate and resigned. He never rebelled.

    But this kind of tough analysis needs to be put into perspective. For now, the Brit is just missing the little

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  • Kvitova’s star rising

    Petra Kvitova, 20, is back in the spotlight.

    Impressive at Wimbledon last year, when she reached her
    first Grand Slam semi-final by playing some great lefty tennis, she had been unable
    to follow it up.

    But already this year she has won in Brisbane and reached
    the quarters at the Australian Open, succeeding along the way in maintaining a
    high level of play - what we have been awaiting for the past two years.

    This player has huge potential. Tall, lefty, with a big first
    serve and an amazing forehand, Petra has also lost weight over the past year
    and is now moving better and is more solid.

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  • Wozniacki disappoints again

    Caroline Wozniacki proved to be one of the biggest
    disappointments of the Australian Open and her wait for a first Grand Slam
    title goes on - she hasn't even been in the final of the last five tournaments.

    Debate on her ranking is sure to return with even more
    ferocity, because both Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams clearly showed they can
    win Majors whenever they really want to.

    Yet the current world number one cannot seem to do the same.

    That said, she played at a good level despite some worries during
    the first two weeks of the year.

    Switching racquets in January, coupled with some bad

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  • Nadal can overcome injury woe

    Despite his premature loss at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Rafael Nadal is obviously very far away from giving up his number one ranking.

    His achievement of even winning three Grand Slams in a row was an amazing streak.

    His start to the season, his journey to the Australian Open, has been a struggle for him.

    He had a virus in Doha, which hampered him both there and then for the first few rounds in Melbourne.

    It may even have weakened him so much that it caused him muscles to give up, the tear in the thigh preventing him from playing at 100 per cent against David Ferrer.

    But despite

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  • Murray v Djokovic: The new classic encounter

    The classic Federer v Nadal final we all expected has been
    replaced by what might become one of the future classics of Grand Slam final tennis:
    Murray v Djokovic.

    They're both 23 years old, they're both very ambitious, and they're
    both among the players who never got discouraged by the outstanding domination
    of Roger and Rafa.

    Sure, sometimes it looked like it was getting to them. They've
    suffered and even got depressed about it, as Murray did this time last year
    when he lost a second Grand Slam final against Federer.

    But they've been improving and improving again. They're still on
    the

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