In a recent Instagram post, Patrick Mouratoglou named who are the best players competing in the 2000s at a few specific aspects of the game. In the video, Mouratoglou says the player with the best forehand in his opinion is Juan Martin Del Potro.
Moving on to another shot, in the coach’s opinion, Marat Safin had the best two-handed backhand. On the other side, from Patrick’s point of view, the best one-handed backhand belongs to Stan Wawrinka. Now, the best backhand slice “award” goes to Roger Federer.
In terms of best serve, Mouratoglou chose Andy Roddick. In terms of return, Novak Djokovic was preferred by Halep’s coach. The best volley? Goes to Roger Federer again. Federer’s rival and friend Rafael Nadal was named the best fighter and the best lefty by the coach.
“Let’s have a look at the best men’s tennis players of the 2000’s! Here are my top picks, what about yours?” Mouratoglou captioned his short video.
Mouratoglou built the “ultimate GOAT”
Earlier this year, coach Patrick Mouratoglou built "the ultimate tennis GOAT" and the player he built has several attributes of the Big Three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
20-time Grand Slam champion Federer was mentioned three times as Mouratoglou said his ultimate GOAT would have the Swiss' overall talent, volley and footwork. Nadal, a record 22-time Grand Slam champion, heard his name pronounced twice by Mouratoglou as the French coach revealed his ultimate GOAT would have the Spaniard's fighting spirit and tenacity.
Djokovic, who lifted his 21st Grand Slam title at this past Wimbledon, was also mentioned three times as Mouratoglou added the Serb's return, backhand and athleticism to his ultimate GOAT. Also, Mouratoglou revealed his ultimate GOAT would have Nick Kyrgios' serve, Stefanos Tsitsipas' forehand and Daniil Medvedev's movement.