Coach Patrick Mouratoglou reveals "perfection" is the first word that comes to his mind when someone mentions 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. On Instagram, Mouratoglou posted a video, where he is giving answers about what comes to his mind when someone mentions certain players.
Mouratoglou titled the video "Word association game." "Perfection," Mouratoglou replied, when asked about the word that comes to his mind when someone mentions Federer. When asked about former 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, Mouratoglou gave an interesting answer - exit.
Mouratoglou was impressed with how Sampras went out from professional tennis. "Exit. Houldn't win a Grand Slam for a long time. He decided that he's going to retire winning a Grand Slam and found a way to win the US Open.
The day after he stopped his career. The best exit ever," Mouratoglou explained.
Mouratoglou associates Federer with perfection, Rafael Nadal with fighting
Here is the complete list of mentions Mouratoglou made: Rafael Nadal (fighter), Novak Djokovic (dominant), Andre Agassi (return), Bjorn Borg (charisma), Stefanos Tsitsipas (fire), Boris Becker (dive volley), Daniil Medvedev (sense of humor), Alexander Zverev (resilient) and John McEnroe (free).
After Djokovic won Wimbledon, Mouratoglou said the GOAT race is "still on."
Nadal still owns a record 22 Grand Slam titles, but Djokovic is still alive in the race with his 21 Grand Slams. On the other side, Federer remains at 20 and many think that it's not realistic to expect the Swiss to win a Grand Slam again, even though he is preparing to make a comeback in late September at the Laver Cup.
Nadal sustained an abdominal injury at Wimbledon, but he is expected to compete at the US Open. Meanwhile, Djokovic is perfectly healthy but he will likely miss the US Open because of his vaccination status. Djokovic can't enter the United States as an unvaccinated foreigner and Nadal may be the only Big Three at this year's US Open.