'Roger Federer thought how to shorten the rallies', says top coach



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'Roger Federer thought how to shorten the rallies', says top coach

Patrick Mouratoglou is a well known name in the tennis world. He is currently the coach of Serena Williams and Stefanos Tsitsipas. After helping the American champion to win 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles, the Greek-born coach definitely knows his craft.

In a recent interview with Tennis Majors, Patrick analyzed the situation of former World number 1 Andy Murray, who was eliminated in the second round of the US Open at the hands of the young Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime.

During his glorious career, the Briton has won three Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals and a Davis Cup as leader of his Scotland. Unfortunately, due to various injuries, his downward spiral began in 2017. After two hip surgeries that seemed to have ended his career, Andy was able to return in 2019 by clinching the title in Antwerp.

Mouratoglou on Andy Murray

“He’s getting older, he still wants to do well (but) he still needs to work as much as before to win the matches,” Patrick Mouratoglou says about the 33-year-old. “I think it’s going to be more difficult.

And you see how much energy he needs to win matches. I’m not saying that he’s going to play five sets every match, probably not. But even if he wins in three, it’s three painful, heavy sets with a lot of running, a lot of fighting, no easy match”.

The esteemed coach suggested Andy Murray should learn from Roger Federer about how to sustain his career for a few years. “He probably needs to think like Roger did, even though Roger has, of course, different tennis from him, but he thought how to shorten the rallies, how am I going to win Grand Slams against guys who are fitter in a way that they can play much longer.

I have to find a way to shorten the matches, save my energy, and if I need to play five sets in the final, I will be able to. But if I have to do it two or three times or go into long matches, because the rallies are long, I’m not going to make it.

So maybe Andy’s going to have the same thoughts and come with the same kind of strategy”. Andy Murray knows he is in the autumn of his playing years, but losing heavily against Félix Auger-Aliassime in the US Open on Thursday night – his first straight-sets defeat in the first week of a grand slam tournament in 14 years – has encouraged him to carry on rather than dwell on bitter disappointment.