Federer Hitting with New Racquet(Video)

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Hey guys just a quick update from me. Roger posted a photo today on twitter of himself testing a new stick above, and someone was there and made a video of him hitting too. Moving as beautifully and hitting it as cleanly as ever, isn’t he? Even though in my last post he said he is going to test a new racquet it is still exciting to see him with it again. It looks like the same one he was playing with in Hamburg and Gstaad, but of course we can’t be sure. The important thing is that he is experimenting again, never mind with what. For me this is clearly the best time to be testing the new racquet. With the courts having slowed down so much in Melbourne he may as well take a bit of a risk going there. It’s not like he is going there as the favorite. So if he plays with a new racquet there it can be something that provides that little extra inspiration.

Maybe it will just give his ground strokes that little extra consistency and pop which is very much needed in Melbourne. He will also get a good chance to play some matches with it in Brisbane before playing his first match in Melbourne. I don’t want to get too excited because what if he stays with his old racquet? But I think the chances are good that he will switch again. Roger appears stubborn sometimes but I think he just wants to make sure he does the right thing. I do think he has learned to be more flexible over the years. Personally I was surprised when he started testing a new racquet in Hamburg already. I thought if he was going to do it he’d wait at least until the end of the year. But in the end he was forced to do so anyway. Finally I want to share with you an exchange Roger had with someone on twitter during the last #AskRF session.

@FedererFan24: “#AskRF is blowing up on twitter! @rogerfederer this is a very cool idea. If you could pick your next slam title, where would it be?”

@rogerfederer: “@FedererFan24 Working overtime so it happens at the @AustralianOpen !”

What do you think? Can he do it?!

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20 Comments

  1. Oh Ru-an!! Just love love love the man! AO?!! I would go crazy in celebration if he did! OMG, Roger is such a teaser, I CAN’T wait!! Gosh! I haven’t bot tickets yet! Guess I gotta get myself a final ticket, yah?!! Hhahaha! I’m singing in the rain today! Thanks Ru-an! You made my day!!!

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    Katyani Reply:

    “Just love love love the man!”
    Hmmm Ronnie…. are you competing with me for Roger???? Be careful girl, I am nice, but when it comes to Roger…. I can be very possesive !!!
    Sharing him with the real Mirka is one thing, but sharing him with two Mirka’s…. no way, too much !!!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Lol Katyani!!! You are too funny!! I can just imagine Roger FLEEING for his life if he should ever meet the Dutch Dynamite face to face!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Awesome! Go get those tickets!

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    Veronica Reply:

    Ru-an, finals sold out!! But I got tickets for first two days where I’m sure I will catch Roger! I have second thots about going to the final or even quarters or semis – I don’t think I can watch his important matches anymore. I feel like chris evert. – it hurts too much. I prefer the solace of my living room where I am free to scream and my pillows ready for punching or covering my eyes during difficult moments! Ha! I watched that practice vid like 20 times Ru-an!! Is it me or does the racket have more pop?!! Common Roger!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think that’s a much better idea anyway Veronica. The chances of Roger making the final is slim. Better to get a ticket for the first round where you are guaranteed to see him. These days the priority should be to see him play, and not so much to see him win big tournaments. It is just not as certain as it used to be and he won’t be around forever.

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    veronica Reply:

    You are so right, Ru-an! That’s how I will go about it from now on – just watch the first rounds where I am sure to catch him and also his practices! So much better for my nerves too! Ha! Btw, do you still believe in Santa Claus, Ru-an? No kidding. He might leave you a gift! Ha!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    When it comes to you I believe in all kinds of things. Guardian angels, Santa Claus, one more of each slam for Fed, haha!

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  2. Great to see the Fed testing a new racquet – if he gets to grip with it quickly I think he has a shot of repeating last years performance. Beating Nole is going to be a task at the slow courts but with a new frame he should be able to get past Rafa for sure!! At least one win in 3 tries against The Beast!

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  3. Hey Ru-an, nice to know Roger is testing a new racquet. But I always knew he would do that. Afterall, did he not say a couple of times that he played with the new racquet and then told Wilson company to change a few things? When he did that I knew he would atleast practise with it and also play with it.
    But very strange, the only photo available does not show the size of the head or something.

    Ru-an, hope you are doing well in SA. I read some of the comments you made about it beeing dangerous. My sister went a few years back on vacation with a group of people to SA and she and my mother went like 5 years back to SA for a vacation with a group. But they never said it felt dangerous. Thank God, they never experienced something like that. Maybe the SA of their time was different than today or the one that you know? Atleast be careful and hope you all have a good service today for the living legend who died at a respectable age. And truly hope SA continues to keep up his good work and legacy…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Katyani. It all depends on where you go and who you are with. If you go walk alone on some nature trail in Cape Town you could get murdered. If you go with a group like your sister and mother the chances of that happening is very slim. They mostly prey on ignorant tourists who doesn’t travel in groups. They know the tourists have money and they stalk them like prey, waiting for a moment when they are alone in a secluded place.

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  4. Quite a nice teaser trailer to Roger 4.0 there. Me likey.
    Now I know it’s only 1 point, but I’m just loving the aggressive return. He’s definitely thinking about how to rough up the likes of Nole on the surface.
    Who despite being the firm favourite has the pressure of going for 4 in a row and being the scalp every player wants to get. With Andy just coming back from major surgery, Roger’s chances are actually better than many think! But I won’t get too excited, I’ve fallen into that trap before…
    You’re right that the extra few inches on the head could give him an edge, even if it’s a mental one. I do hope he plays with it in Brisbane. But even if he stays with the old one for AO, he played pretty darn well with it last year! His back and being able to move fluidly and freely again, thinking about his instinctive tennis rather than his back, is my main priority.
    If he is, and it certainly looks like it from the video, then we can definitely dare to dream! Oh, without getting too excited of course. That definitely contradicts haha but hey Roger clearly believes with all the work he’s putting in!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I like your cautious approach too Tom. Didn’t think of Djokovic going for 4 in a row. He would be the first if he does it, so there is some pressure. Still think he has a better shot than Nadal though, since he has had the better of him of late and has been more successful than Nadal at the AO. It’s tough to expect a lot from Roger at the AO. It is not his favorite surface and he said himself it would take until April to catch up the lost practice…

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    Tom Reply:

    Yeah you’re definitely right, I’m keeping my optimism as grounded as possible. I’m excited mainly because even though we’re still in the rebuilding process, I get the feeling we’re in the latter stages of it. He’s even talked about the fun coming back, there’s just a better feel in being a FedFan right now.
    Could be by the time he catches up on practice in April and Nole and Rafa have tonnes of points to defend that he can make a charge…
    But right now I’m looking more towards Brisbane and hopefully Roger bagging himself a title! That’s the next step after the good results indoors and it would be great for his confidence going in to AO.

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  5. Roger still has so much motivation. Great to see the new raquet again. Btw Nadal did some mountainbiking with triathlon world champion Javier Gomez. I hope we will be dropped again by Roger at the Aus Open :-) .

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Nadal probably beat the guy too…

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  6. [ For me this is clearly the best time to be testing the new racquet.]
    I agree with you, Ruan.
    Slow conditions are most likely the best ones for Roger to adjust to a new racket without too many risks, though these conditions tend to also extend the rallies.
    I assume it is one of the reasons why Roger started his experiment on slow clay courts this summer.
    However being physically not in good enough shape, Roger was not really able to test the new racket as much as he had hoped for I think.
    From what I saw of Roger’s performance at Hamburg this summer, he seemed to be quite at ease with his backhand though, hitting with the new stick more powerful, cleaner BH shots at hip height than with the old racket, and appearing better in control of the high BH’s as well. Serve and FH however were less precise and more inconsistent than usual, as well as the volleys less razor-sharp.
    I think particularly his discomfort with serve and forehand made him decide to revert back to the old racket from Cincinnati onwards, as these shots are very important on quick hard courts (hoping to defend the majority of his ranking points in this way).
    Being ousted in the Cincinnati QF by his nemesis and drawn in the same quarter with Nadal again at the US Open, he lost those ranking points anyway.
    Now, in the off-season, Roger has some time to test the new racket (or another version) again and make up his mind on whether continuing the experiment or not.
    He has not that many points to defend in the upcoming months (720 in january, 90 in february and 360 in march) and, like you said, Melbourne and Indian Wells have slow conditions.
    Brisbane has a hot, humid climate from what I read about it. That makes conditions even slower than at Melbourne, probably comparable with Miami a bit.
    I agree with you that the chances are good that he’ll switch again.

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  7. Reading some of the comments here, my biggest fear for Roger in 2014 is to become too slow to run away from all the groupies! On the other hand, I’m relieved thinking of Mirka cooking some gluten-free dishes to make sure that won’t happen. RUN ROGER RUN!

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  8. “Run Forest (Roger) run!” – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Mirka is choking (on her gluten-free cookie) You should be banned, you Swiss elf! Ru-an can’t afford to have Mirka choking over your comments!!

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