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Is Roger Federer using a new racquet at Hamburg 2013?

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#41 Wendy_redRobin

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:02 PM

I have been playing the Blade Tour for several years. That's a Blade 93. No doubt.


For those who may have missed it Roger has confirmed that this is a prototype racquet Wilson is working on with him and, as Tweeted by sportswriter Simon Graf, that it has a 98 square inch racquet head.


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To see the video of the presser where Roger discusses aspects of his new racquet scroll back to post No 34 by Vibhuism

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:47 AM

I been watching and pausing his matches to carefully analyze his racquet.

My conclusion is it is too large to be 90sq inches and too small to be the 98sq inch.  I play with both these racquets. Both have advantages/disadvantages. If I could blend them both and craft up a hybrid this would be great and what I think wilson has done for Roger.

 

If I had to guess it is a custom size 93-95 sq inch blx six one in a matte black finish.

 

Wilson if you are reading this, please make this raquest available to the public for purchase.  This would be exactly what I would want!

 

 



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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

That frame is too small to be a 98. For those of us that play Wilson Blade racquets, its not hard to tell. However, after pausing live action against Mayer on a close up, the mains are 16, not 18. So not a standard blade 93, if what I believe is true. (I would find it difficult to believe Wilson would design a new frame for Fed in the twilight of his career.)

Other perspectives...
-FakeFed is 21, and plays PS 90, so no need for Wilson to worry about end of lifing. Indeed, they have a new ambassador to drive sales the next few years
- Blade 98 is hot seller after a horrible BLX Blade series, but from what I am hearing from retailers, the 93 is not a good seller and many wont carry it in stock standard, so better to have Fed promote the 98 regardless what he's actually using. I'm sure Wilson would rather put his face on it, then Monfils or Raonic.

Regardless what I believe, he's hitting the ball great with the new stick and I hope he can get another slam under his belt.

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:46 PM

Just watched Federer getting beaten by the young Argentinian. Don't panic. Federer is still experimenting his new racquet and it will take time to find the perfect racquet setup. Also, I think Delbonis is a very good prospect and can be a future French Open champion. He will certainly make a superb clay specialist, at least. Nadal will have to keep an eye on this guy!

 

Also, I don't know why people insist that Fed's new stick is Blade. The head shape of Roger's new racquet is completely different to that of Blade. In fact, it is almost identical shape as the Pro Staff series. Also, I find it amazing how anyone can tell the size of the head by just looking at it. Why would Federer lie about the size of his racquet's head and publicly announce that it is 98 sq inch? Two things I can assure you, guys. It is a 98 sq inch head and it is not a Wilson Blade. I think Federer and Wilson are working on a completely new racquet and it is still a work in progress. Here's some of my observation on the new racquet.

 

The shape of the head, as I've already mentioned, seems almost identical to Pro Staff, so I assume Wilson is trying to give Roger a racquet which will provide him with the similar feel to Pro Staff with more power, less weight and good maneuverability. To me, the new racquet looks like a bigger version of Pro Staff 90, something like Pro Staff 98. I haven't held the racquet myself, so I have no idea about the weight, but I would imagine the weight to be a bit lighter, maybe close to 11.5 oz, which is about the same as Djokovic's racquet and about 1 oz less than Pro Staff 6.1 BLX 90. This, combined with slightly different balance, will make the racquet just as maneuverable even with the bigger head size. In fact, Federer is used to PS 90, which is a heavy racquet, and still maneuvers it well at the net, so I don't see much issue in that regard. If anything, the racquet can be easier to maneuver at the net with proper weight distribution now that the weight seems to be lighter. Not so sure about the weight, however, because every player has the racquet weight which they prefer and maybe something less than 12 oz may feel too light for Roger. Anyway, they know how to customize it, so no problem there.

 

The interesting bit is the string pattern. It is dense in the middle and more sparse towards the frame. I suspect that's because the new racquet is more powerful and to compensate for the possible loss in feel, Wilson decided to introduce denser pattern at the center, around the sweet spot. This will, in theory, increase the control. However, from what I've seen this week of Federer, his forehand actually seems to have lost some zip and not as penetrating as before. His opponents easily handled and countered his forehand strokes, and I was surprised by that. Maybe that's because of this dense string pattern towards the middle. Maybe they should introduce an unorthodox pattern like 17 x 19 and make the distribution of the string even or simply make the middle part of the string less dense. His serve wasn't any faster, which confirms his new prototype racquet is not actually giving him more power. Wilson must be too aware of the possibility of the loss in control and made the racquet even less powerful than Pro Staff. Anyway, I think they are still experimenting with different ideas and I wouldn't be surprised if Federer uses another prototype in Gstaad. This year may end up being an experimental year and maybe we'll see a new final product at the beginning of next year, who knows?

 

Also, racquet companies always try to find better formulae to make the best racquets as possible, and they always invest on their research to achieve that, so there's all the reason in the world for Wilson to try and produce the perfect racquet for Federer even at this tail end of his career. :)



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 07:20 PM

By the way, why don't Wilson paint the new racquet just the same as Pro Staff? That may make the racquet feel more familiar to Roger. No harm in there.



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:07 PM

They might well do.  Its probably still a work in progress hence the plain black at the moment.


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:28 PM

In a recent interview with ESPN Roger has confirmed that the switch to the 98" racquet head is definitely a work in progress. If things don't go well he may well decide to return to his old 90" racquet for the US hard court season.



“So far, I’m happy with this change, but I need many hours on the court to see if this is a good decision ...... I haven’t yet taken the decision on whether to use it in the US. I still need to think it over.”


It is certainly a risk changing racquets mid season like this, but Roger is well aware that he needs to do something to hone his game to combat the power of other players. It is heartening to know that he is identifying problems and working on ways to overcome them in order to regain ranking points once again.

Roger has admitted his back is not 100% after Hamburg, which must be of concern. But when you think of the strain that tennis players put on their bodies these days it is remarkable that Roger has played for so many years with so few injury worries. I sincerely hope his team can fix his back to give him confidence to move with vigour and fluidity across the court once again.

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:00 AM

Roger Federer after his loss at Gstaad talked about his new racket and I quote,

 

 

“The most discussed topic in these days is the changing of racket now it’s a couple weeks that I haven’t used the old racket. With the prototype I feel very at my ease and satisfied. I didn’t play very close to the lines and I was less aggressive than usual but it’s normal after such a changing. From a technical point of view I feel very well the ball on the strings but at the same time I have less shots at my disposal with this new frame compared to the previous one.

 

 

I need time. It’s a racket that will be subjected to modifications with the passing of days, and months. I will keep on make changes and I will play Gstaad with this model the plan is to keep on going with this model.”


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:10 AM

The legendary Pete Sampras also spoke about Federer's new racket during a press conference at the Roger's Cup in Toronto.

 

 

"It just comes down to confidence. When Roger's playing well, he can play with a broomstick. He's that good."

 

 

Sampras a few years back had stated if he had switched to a larger racket head later in his career, he could have played a bit more, and he believes it could help Federer. 

 

 

"I think a bigger racket can help in certain areas, maybe on the high backhand. That's the shot I feel like it's helped me. Maybe a little bit more pop on the serve. But, you know, it's more racket, it's more power. Roger's forehand is such his bread and butter and if he's thinking twice about it, that's not a good thing."

 

 

Federer began experimenting with a new racket after his loss at the French Open. He is reportedly playing with a Wilson prototype with a 98-square-inch head. He usually plays with a 90-square-inch racket head. 

 

 

Regardless of the racket, Sampras said winning matches is what will help Federer. 

 

 

"So it's going to take some time. I mean, he needs to win some tough matches and just feel like ‑‑ you know, if people are asking him, he's thinking about it. I think it's worth trying, and I hope it helps him.

 

 

"I don't think Roger ‑‑ he's lost a few matches. I don't think he needs to panic and feel like he needs to change everything. He's still a great player and always will be. Just to try something a few weeks here would be fine. I will be curious to see if he plays with it at the Open."


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 02:13 AM

Just to give you an idea on the difference of the size between 90 & 98 sq inch racket, this pic is a live example of that ----

 

 

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