After Roger's defeat in Hamburg I noticed a few Federer & Tennis Fans suggesting his change of racquet could be a bad idea as they can't see how it has improved his game yet and he should go back to the Pro Staff 90.
I find this just a bit over the top and I can't believe that some fans are suggesting he gives it up after just one tournament? It's a ludicrous suggestion and is probably one of the main reasons why most people don't succeed as they give up too easily. Combined court time in Hamburg was around 4 hours which is hardly anything!
I can admit the benefits of this new piece of kit weren't blatantly obvious from his matches in Hamburg but that was always going to be the case especially when he's low on confidence to begin with. Yes he's still shanking but these things take time and a lot of practice to get used to but to suggest changing is just a cop out.
Thankfully though Roger isn't as impatient or as fickle as his fans nor does he expect immediate results after changing from the racquet he used to win 17 slams as he stated to the press he plans to stick with this new racquet which is very pleasing to hear.
I stumbled across an article that revealed a few thoughts from Roger on the racquet as well as those of fellow pro Tommy Haas and commentator Mats Wilander, you can read the full article on Tennisnet.com which is written in German so will need translating if you don't speak it but there were some very interesting snippets which I'll outline in the section below.
It feels more and more natural to play with it. I want to stay with this new racquet
Key Points from the Article
You can see the full article from the link above but here are the key bits of info taken from it:
- After the Wimbledon loss Wilson flew out to Switzerland to run through his options
- Annacone was the man who gave the decisive input for the change
- Tommy Haas revealed: “Roger wants to keep his place in the world's elite, he should also take advantage of the modern technology.”
- Roger said in Hamburg: “It feels more and more natural to play with it. I want to stay with this new racquet.”
- Mats Wilander stated: “I think Roger has just recently realized that he lacked a certain power. And that he in the rapid speed of the modern game suddenly had too many failures”
Now in my mind it was never in doubt that Roger would stick with this racquet after making such a big change because he's never been the type of guy to react immediately or make decisions in the heat of the moment. He only every makes a change when he's thought it through and knows something needs to be done in order to improve so there's no way he'd give it up so easily. Like he said himself:
I cannot say: I have this and that problem, that's it. No, I have to stay with this new racquet.
Right now he's at somewhat of a career low with a poor 2013 thus far, transition year if you want to call it that, so he must start rebuilding from the ground up.
The new racquet gives him a very solid base to do just that, there might be some more tough losses around the corner but I get the feeling he can string together something very promising quite soon; yet again proving people wrong for the umpteenth time and I think the racquet has a big part to play in helping him do that.
Gstaad would certainly be a good way to get the wheels in motion so I'm hoping he can do the business. Allez!