Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, shouldn’t be stunned by Bianca Andreescu’s dart to the US Open final, regardless of this being her first look in the principle attract New York.
Mouratoglou will devise a plan with Williams to deal with the 19-year-old on Saturday afternoon and is properly conscious of the menace she poses, hailing her bodily energy, athleticism and psychological fortitude.
While he will probably be hoping to assist Williams recover from the road to equal Margaret Court’s 24-strong Grand Slam document, he is anticipating massive issues from her opponent sooner or later and views her as a world No. 1 within the making.
‘Yeah, as I said before the tournament, I had been asked who are my two underdogs, and I said Bianca and [Daniil] Medvedev. So I’m not stunned she’s there,’ Mouratoglou stated on Friday forward of the final.
‘I expected her in final, and I think she’s going to be No. 1 quickly. I imply, not too quickly however sooner or later, as a result of she has all the things that’s wanted to be No. 1. A variety of respect for her.
‘A lot of tools in her game. Like a really complete game. She has the whole package. Like the game’s superb, I feel: the bodily, the athleticism, and the psychological.
‘She looks incredibly confident. She feels like she’s the place she belongs. That’s the impression she offers.’
Williams is the favorite to win the title on Saturday and Mouratoglou expects fellow favorite Rafael Nadal to be a part of her in lifting his 19th Grand Slam title.
Speaking about Nadal’s semi-final opponent Matteo Berrettini, Mouratoglou stated. I feel what he’s accomplished this yr is unbelievable as a result of no one expected. I imply, I’ve heard many gamers say that, like, How come this guy does this?
‘I think it’s instance of somebody who invested on his energy reasonably than making an attempt to enhance his weaknesses. Because he improved, his weaknesses grew to become not as dangerous, as a result of his strengths grew to become very, very highly effective: serve, forehand. He’s shifting, for his peak and his weight, he’s shifting extremely properly.
‘He showed a lot of temper, an incredible motivation and temper and fighting spirit. For me, when I saw the match against Gaël, he wanted it, like, so bad. That’s why he lastly ended up profitable.
‘His chances against Nadal are very small, but there is always a chance in tennis. If he plays indoor – I mean, the good thing for him is that Rafa doesn’t like to play that kind of gamers, gamers who serve properly and have massive forehand, but it surely’s tough to think about Rafa not to win the event now that the 2 others are out, to be clear.’