“Doesn’t Have That Advantage” – Patrick Mouratoglou Outlines Rafael Nadal’s Limitations at ATP Finals 2020

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November 14, 2020 3:30 pm

13-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal gets set for the season finale at the ATP World Tour Finals. This happens to be one of the few tournaments the Spaniard has never managed to win. His fellow rivals Roger Federer (6 titles) and Novak Djokovic (5 titles) have had their fair share of success here.

Notably, this annual London event is held indoors. Over the years, indoor courts have worked against Nadal.

It’s very difficult to find a weak spot in a player of Rafa‘s caliber. That’s why it’s surprising that he hasn’t enjoyed playing in indoor surroundings during his career. 

Patrick Mouratoglou talks about Rafael Nadal and indoor courts

Speaking on this issue, tennis expert and coach, Patrick Mouratoglou said, “What makes him so different and so difficult to beat on other surfaces, he doesn’t have that advantage indoors on hard courts because the bounce is low. There is a reason why on hardcourts indoors, the bounce is lower than on hardcourts outdoors. The surface is named hardcourts in both cases, but it’s not the same surface at all.”

View of the Centre Court during Day Six of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Adding to the earlier statements, he said, “He is a very good competitor now indoors on hard. There are guys who are still better than him on that surface.”

Nadal has a very unique style of playing tennis. Unlike most of the players, he likes getting under the ball so that he can hit it with his preferred topspin shot. With the bounce being low, it works much against his liking.

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Best Coach on Tour

Patrick is known for his coaching roles with players like Grigor Dimitrov, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Coco Gauff. The Frenchman has always had a positive impact on his pupils’ games.

He is best known for his influence on Serena Williams’ career. Together as a team, Patrick guided Serena to 10 Grand Slam championships. He helped her win the Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Without a doubt, he’s one of the most successful coaches in our sport. 

Rohan Kollare

Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One. Rohan's experience as a player gives him the ability to provide incisive analysis of any match rather than a superficial understanding. When not staunchly supporting his idol Roger Federer, Rohan likes to dive into animal welfare work, getting lost in a book or listening to some music.

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