Patrick Mouratoglou: "Novak Djokovic is the best on clay-courts when ..."



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Patrick Mouratoglou: "Novak Djokovic is the best on clay-courts when ..."

Patrick Mouratoglu has made official news that has been in the air for some time: he is the new coach of the Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, thus opening another chapter of his coaching career. With Serena Williams still in the pits for some time, the Frenchman wanted to do everything to return to the courts and accepted a tantalizing challenge with the two-time Grand Slam winner: "We didn't set a specific goal, just to start a path together.

She is a very hard worker, she has already been number one in the world and there is no reason why she can't go back to being the best," he commented on her new adventure. The 51-year-old however analyzed the current moment of the men's circuit, which is is preparing to face an intense season on clay, in which the values ​​could be confirmed or completely change: "If I see Roland Garros today, I think it is the most open tournament of the last ten or fifteen years.

If Novak Djokovic manages to win a lot in the period leading up to the Paris open, then it won't be that open. When he's at his best, Nole is the best player in the world, even on clay.

Patrick Mouratoglou: "Novak Djokovic is the best on clay-courts when ..."

I know it's strange to say this with the Roland Garros number that Rafa has won, but if you look at the numbers the Serbian has beaten Rafa several times on clay, and on many occasions in very tough and close matches.

If they face each other in the final stages of the competition, last year's match will certainly be on their mind. The Spaniard will be tense and Novak will be much more aggressive, because he will have more confidence against Rafa," explained Mouratoglu.

He then added: "Will Novak be able to win everything until Rafa comes back from injury? That would change everything, because we would have a confident Djokovic, but it won't be easy. When you haven't played in the last few months, it's not easy for anyone to win consistently.

For me what happens in the next few weeks will be the key, and we will give a hint of the real possibilities of Novak and Rafa at Roland Garros. Maybe there will be a 'wild card', like Alcaraz, Tsitsipas or any othe."