Rafa Nadal US Open 2019 running forehand

Patrick Mouratoglou reveals the big difference in Grand Slam finals for Djokovic, Nadal, Federer & Williams

The coach to Serena Williams and Coco Gauff has given insight about what happens to the great players like Djokovic, Federer and Nadal when they are playing the biggest matches of their careers


According to world renowned coach and mentor, Patrick Mouratoglou, when under the extreme pressure of a Grand Slam final the world’s best player like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will show their weaknesses more than in other matches.

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Mouratolgou was speaking during a televised interview at this year’s US Open and was explaining why Serena Williams had played in three Grand Slam finals in 2018 but didn’t win any when he said, “Serena was far from 100% physically in those finals and in the moment of the highest stress when you aren’t ready it shows much more than when you don’t have that stress. Under pressure your weaknesses suddenly show so much. Even for Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer it’s a big deal emotionally.”


Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter in 2018 then reached the final of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, then the final of Wimbledon 2019 but she lost all 3 matches. At Wimbledon 2018 she lost to German Angelique Kerber, at the 2018 US Open she lost to Japanese Naomi Osaka then at Wimbledon this year she lost to Romanian Simona Halep.
Mouratgolou writes exclusively for tennishead and you can read his latest column here

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